Roberto Matta: Inner Landscapes
09/09/20 – 09/10/20
Roberto Matta (1911 – 2002) is one of Chile’s most important painters and a seminal figure of Surrealism, having influenced the development of Abstract Expressionism. He was an artist, architect and progressive thinker. Matta’s early work reflects dream-like, inner worlds and his later compositions reflect the psychological damage caused by Europe’s ongoing wars and later the Vietnam War. Shifting biomorphic shapes, vivid colours and apocalyptic scenes imbued with confusion and angst appear in Matta’s work. His exploration of automatism and free association following Surrealist principles had a lasting impact on the development of the Abstract Expressionists.
Matta created over four hundred prints during his lifetime, from 1943 to 2002. We are delighted to present a selection of prints from the 1960s and 1970s and two drawings from the 1950s.