ROBERTO MATTA
(Chile, 1911-2002)

Roberto Matta played a central role in the evolution of both European Surrealism and American Abstract Expressionism. Working in a fluid, improvisational style, he created a body of work which erases the distinction between inner and outer space. In addition to his more abstract psychological morphologies, he created figurative work which expresses his concern for the dangers of technology and social oppression.

A picture is not a canvas on the wall, it is the impact that hits the bull's-eye of your mind.

-- Roberto Matta
Interview with Peter de Francia, Hayward Gallery, London,
1977


Untitled, 1941
Crayon and pencil on paper, 17 x 21 inches