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Charles Matton
Proust's Library

$60,000

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Charles Matton (1931-2008) exhibited in his native Paris in the early 1960s before turning to magazine illustration and book publishing. He continued to create art for himself and a small circle of collectors while he worked (in New York part of the time) on contract for Esquire magazine and several French publications. He re-emerged as an artist in 1983, exhibiting regularly in France and had his first show in New York's Forum Gallery in 2002. Boxed formats recall Joseph Cornell, yet Mr. Matton's work has more in common with Lewis Carroll and the fastidious stage designer David Belasco. Mr. Matton's wizardry with lighting and spatial depth is a distinguishing characteristic. Mirrors are placed to create the illusion of deep space. Meticulously accurate sets, their inventory shaped from cast and carved resin, continue into a distance that is not there. A combination of reflections made by the speculum effect of mirrors mirroring each other creates imaginary expanses. The result is a looking-glass world as formal and fey as that of Carroll's White Knight with his upside-down box. Many of Mr. Matton's boîtes have been faithful replicas of such pilgrimage sites as Sigmund Freud's study and this piece, Marcel Proust's library. ​

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