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Original poster - Vintage Offset Poster by R.S. Matta
By Sebastian Matta
Located in Roma, IT
Original poster, colored lithograph on paper. Signed on plate on lower margin at the center. Good condition, except for some foxing and stains on the left margin. Roberto Sebastián...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Il Albero Giovanne
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta, Chilean (1911 - 2002) Title: Il Albero Giovanne Year: 2002 Medium: Carborundum Etching on Hand-Made Paper, signed and numbered in marker Edition: 125, XXXV Pap...
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Early 2000s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Handmade Paper, Etching

La Dulce Aqua Vita
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta, Chilean (1911 - 2002) Title: La Dulce Aqua Vita Year: 2002 Medium: Carborundum Etching on Hand-Made Paper, signed and numbered in marker Edition: 125, XXXV Pap...
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Early 2000s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Etching, Handmade Paper

Les Venusiennes (II) from Fog Gog Magog Planche 3
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta, Chilean (1911 - 2002) Title: Les Venusiennes (II) - Fog Ma Gog Planche 3 Year: 1971 Medium: Lithograph on Arches, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 47/100...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

La Source du Calme
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta, Chilean (1911 - 2002) Title: La Source du Calme Year: 2002 Medium: Carborundum Etching on Hand-Made Paper, signed and numbered in marker Edition: 125, XXXV Pap...
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21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Handmade Paper, Etching

New-View
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta, Chilean (1911 - 2002) Title: New-View from the New Success Suite Year: 1996 Medium: Carborundum Etching on Handmade Paper, signed and numbered in ink Edition: ...
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1990s Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Handmade Paper, Etching

  • New-View
  • New-View
  • New-View
  • New-View
H 48 in. W 38.5 in.
Surrealist Gouache Drawing by Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Surrealist gouache drawing by Roberto Matta. Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren (November 11, 1911-November 23, 2002), better known as Roberto Matta, was one of Chile's bes...
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Vintage 1960s French Post-Modern Paintings

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Paper, Glass, Wood

  • Surrealist Gouache Drawing by Roberto Matta
  • Surrealist Gouache Drawing by Roberto Matta
  • Surrealist Gouache Drawing by Roberto Matta
  • Surrealist Gouache Drawing by Roberto Matta
H 20.75 in. W 26.75 in. D 1.5 in.
Untitled - Early Surrealist Pencil Drawing by Roberto Matta - 1950s
By Roberto Matta
Located in Roma, IT
Surrealist Drawing is an exceptional pencil drawing by the artist Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren, who signed on the lower right of the paper “Matta”. The artwork is in ver...
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1950s Surrealist Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

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Pencil

Espace de l'Espece, Surrealist Lithograph by Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
This lithograph was created by Chilean artist Roberto Matta. Matta creates new dimensions in a blend of organic and cosmic lifeforms in a biomorphic style. He was one of the first ar...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Los 5 Destacagados (Ferrari, 1249), Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Roberto Matta (1912-2002) Title: Los 5 Destacagados (Ferrari, 1249) Year: 1976 Edition: 75, plus proofs Medium: Etching & Aquatint on Japon paper Size: 30 x 22.25 inches Cond...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

Matta. Entretiens Morphologiques. Notebook N°1, 1936-1944
By Sebastian Matta
Located in Roma, IT
The book includes an original Lithograph by Matta "Space Canalete". This Lithograph is Signed by the Artist and Numbered (46/100). The book includes: 283 pages+ 1 loose sh...
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1980s Surrealist Mixed Media

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Paper

Untitled - Original Etching by Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Roma, IT
Hand Signed. Colour etching and aquantint. Edition of 100 prints, numbered and hand signed. Excellent conditions.
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Late 20th Century Surrealist Nude Prints

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Etching

Porol-Vua, Surreal Lithograph by Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta, Chilean (1911 - 2002) Title: Porol-Vua Year: 1978 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 97/100 Image Size: 20 x 28.5 inches Size: 22...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Centre Noeuds, Plate X (Sabatier 393), Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Roberto Matta (1912-2002) Title: Centre Noeuds, Plate X (Sabatier 393) Year: 1974 Edition: 125, plus proofs Medium: Etching & Aquatint on Arches paper Size: 23.87 x 17.75 inc...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

Carnamont VI (Ferrari 250-255), Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Roberto Matta (1912-2002) Title: Carnamont VI (Ferrari 250-255) Year: 1979 Edition: 100, plus proofs Medium: Etching & Aquatint on Arches paper Size: 26 x 19.75 inches Condit...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

MATTA - 10 EROTIC ETCHINGS - New School Portfolio
By Roberto Matta
Located in Santa Monica, CA
ROBERTO MATTA (Chilean 1911- 2002) NEW SCHOOL PORTFOLIO (1943-5) (Sabatier 1-7, 4 prints not recorded by Sabatier) Portfolio with complete set of 10 etchings plus the title page e...
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1940s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Inkjet, Etching

Centre Noeuds, Plate I (Sabatier 393), Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Roberto Matta (1912-2002) Title: Centre Noeuds, Plate I (Sabatier 393) Year: 1974 Edition: 125, plus proofs Medium: Etching & Aquatint on Arches paper Size: 23.87 x 17.75 inc...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

Centre Noeuds, Plate IX (Sabatier 393), Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Roberto Matta (1912-2002) Title: Centre Noeuds, Plate IX (Sabatier 393) Year: 1974 Edition: 125, plus proofs Medium: Etching & Aquatint on Arches paper Size: 23.87 x 17.75 in...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

Centre Noeuds, Plate VIII (Sabatier 393), Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Roberto Matta (1912-2002) Title: Centre Noeuds, Plate VIII (Sabatier 393) Year: 1974 Edition: 125, plus proofs Medium: Etching & Aquatint on Arches paper Size: 23.87 x 17.75 ...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

Centre Noeuds, Plate II (Sabatier 393), Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Roberto Matta (1912-2002) Title: Centre Noeuds, Plate II (Sabatier 393) Year: 1974 Edition: 125, plus proofs Medium: Etching & Aquatint on Arches paper Size: 23.87 x 17.75 in...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

Centre Noeuds, Plate III (Sabatier 393), Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Roberto Matta (1912-2002) Title: Centre Noeuds, Plate III (Sabatier 393) Year: 1974 Edition: 125, plus proofs Medium: Etching & Aquatint on Arches paper Size: 23.87 x 17.75 i...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

Così Fan Tutte - Original Etching by R.S. Matta - 1970
By Sebastian Matta
Located in Roma, IT
Hand Signed and numbered in pencil. Edition of 25 prints in Roman Numerals. From the portfolio: "Così fan tutte". Image Dimensions : 47 x 37 cm
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1970s Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Etching

Così Fan Tutte - Original Etching by R.S. Matta - 1970
By Sebastian Matta
Located in Roma, IT
Original etching with aquatint realized by Sebastián Matta in 1970; hand-signed in pencil lower right margin and numbered lower left margin; edition of 100 prints; perfect conditions...
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1970s Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Etching

Centre Noeuds, Suite of 10 Aquatint Etchings by Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta, Chilean (1911 - 2002) Portfolio: Centre Neouds Year: 1974 Medium: Suite of 10 Aquatint Etchings on Japon paper, each signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 12...
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1970s Surrealist Landscape Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

Tout se Tient - Original Lithograph by R.S. Matta - 1975
By Roberto Matta
Located in Roma, IT
T'ou't se tient is an original print by the Chilean artist Roberto Sebastian Matta (1911-2002). This color lithograph on wove paper, was edited by the French magazine "XXe Siécle"...
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1970s Surrealist More Prints

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Lithograph

Tout se Tient - Original Lithograph by R.S. Matta - 1975
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F.S.A.V. - Original Etching and Aquatint by Sebastian Matta - 1965
By Sebastian Matta
Located in Roma, IT
Hand signed and numbered. Etching and aquatint. Edition of 60 prints. From the graphic collection: "Il Surrealismo tra le due guerre" Bibliography: L'Oeuvre gravée de Matta, Sonet ...
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1960s Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

Carnamont IV, 1979 Limited Edition Etching & Aquatint, Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Roberto Matta (1912-2002) Chilean-born French Surrealist/Abstract Expressionist Painter is without a doubt one of the most important 20th century Latin American artists, who along wi...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Etching

Los 5 Destacagados, 1976 Limited Edition Etching & Aquatint, Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Roberto Matta (1912-2002) Chilean-born French Surrealist/Abstract Expressionist Painter is without a doubt one of the most important 20th century Latin American artists, who along wi...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Etching

Rare Vintage Exhibition Leaflet - R.S. Matta - Galerie di Dragon - 1958
By Roberto Matta
Located in Roma, IT
Exhibition Leaflet is an original rare vintage catalogue by the Chilean artist Roberto Sebastián Matta (1911-2002). This color artwork is the rare exhibition leaflet realized in occ...
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1950s Surrealist More Art

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Paper

Untitled - Oil on Canvas by Roberto Sebastian Matta - 1996
By Roberto Matta
Located in Roma, IT
Untitled is an original oil on canvas realized by Roberto Sébastian Matta in 1996. It comes with a certificate of authenticity by Matta's son Pablo Echaurren Matta. Archived at th...
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1990s Surrealist Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Centre Noeuds (Plate #2), 1974 Limited Edition Etching & Aquatint, Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Roberto Matta (1912-2002) Chilean-born French Surrealist/Abstract Expressionist Painter is without a doubt one of the most important 20th century Latin American artists, who along wi...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Aquatint

Centre Noeuds (Plate #3) 1974 Limited Edition Etching & Aquatint, Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Roberto Matta (1912-2002) Chilean-born French Surrealist/Abstract Expressionist Painter is without a doubt one of the most important 20th century Latin American artists, who along wi...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Etching

Centre Noeuds (Plate #9), 1974 Limited Edition Etching & Aquatint, Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Roberto Matta (1912-2002) Chilean-born French Surrealist/Abstract Expressionist Painter is without a doubt one of the most important 20th century Latin American artists, who along wi...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Etching

Centre Noeuds (Plate #1) 1974 Limited Edition Etching & Aquatint, Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Roberto Matta (1912-2002) Chilean-born French Surrealist/Abstract Expressionist Painter is without a doubt one of the most important 20th century Latin American artists, who along wi...
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1970s Surrealist Portrait Prints

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Etching

Centre Noeuds (Plate #8),1974 Limited Edition Etching & Aquatint, Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Roberto Matta (1912-2002) Chilean-born French Surrealist/Abstract Expressionist Painter is without a doubt one of the most important 20th century Latin American artists, who along wi...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Etching

Musik Foot - Art Book with 8 Original Screenprints by R.S. Matta - 1990
By Roberto Matta
Located in Roma, IT
Beautiful suite of 8 original screen prints by Roberto Sebastian Matta, realized in occasion of the 1990 FIFA Soccer World Championship. The eight original prints on a unique sheet f...
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1990s Surrealist More Prints

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Screen

Centre Noeuds (Plate #10) 1974 Limited Edition Etching & Aquatint, Roberto Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Roberto Matta (1912-2002) Chilean-born French Surrealist/Abstract Expressionist Painter is without a doubt one of the most important 20th century Latin American artists, who along wi...
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1970s Surrealist Landscape Prints

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Etching

La Danse de la Mort, Suite of 8 Aquatint Etchings by Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta, Chilean (1911 - 2002) Title: La Danse de la Mort - Planche 1-8 Year: 1972 Medium: Suite of 8 Aquatint Etchings, Each Signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 41/...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

L'ame du Tarot de Theleme Portfolio of 5 Aquatint Etchings by Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta Portfolio: L'ame du Tarot de Theleme Year: 1994 Medium: Portfolio of Five Aquatint Etchings, each signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 100, XX Image Size: 19....
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1990s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Aquatint, Etching

Pyrocentre, Abstract Surrealist Etching
By Roberto Matta
Located in New York, NY
Roberto Matta, Pyrocentre. Original color etching and aquatint on paper printed in 1980. From the pencil signed and numbered edition of 90. Published by G. Visat, Paris. Reference:...
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Late 20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

Epaisser de haut-mer from Hom'mere II - L'Eautre, Aquatint Etching by Matta
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta, Chilean (1911 - 2002) Title: Epaisser de haut-mer from Hom'mere II - L'Eautre Year: 1974-75 Medium: Aquatint Etching on Japon, Signed and numbered in pencil Ed...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

Bottom of Summer Oceans, Abstract Surrealist Painting
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Sebastian Matta-Clark was born in 1943, twin of Gordon Matta-Clark. Son Of Chilean Surrealist Roberto Matta Sebastian, known as Batan died in 1976. He showed 3 exhibitions in his sho...
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1970s Surrealist Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Twinning Stars, Abstract Surrealist Oil Painting 1970s
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Sebastian Matta-Clark was born in 1943, twin of Gordon Matta-Clark. Son Of Chilean Surrealist Roberto Matta Sebastian, known as Batan died in 1976. He showed 3 exhibitions in his sho...
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1970s Surrealist Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Indian Summer, Abstract Surrealist Oil Painting 1970s
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Sebastian Matta-Clark was born in 1943, twin of Gordon Matta-Clark. Son Of Chilean Surrealist Roberto Matta Sebastian, known as Batan died in 1976. He showed 3 exhibitions in his sho...
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1970s Surrealist Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Abstract Surrealist 'Double Entry on the Plane' Oil Painting 1970s
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Sebastian Matta-Clark was born in 1943, twin of Gordon Matta-Clark. Son Of Chilean Surrealist Roberto Matta Sebastian, known as Batan died in 1976. He showed 3 exhibitions in his sho...
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1970s Surrealist Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Golden Bull
By Roberto Matta
Located in New York, NY
Hand-signed color lithograph on Arches paper Limited-edition of 175 Hand-signed "Matta" and numbered in pencil Publisher: Transworld Art Inc., NY
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Centre Noeuds, Complete Set of 10 etchings
By Roberto Matta
Located in New York, NY
Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911-2002) Centre Noeuds (Centre Knots) Portfolio, 1974 Hand-Signed Etching, aquatint in colors/Arches paper
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1970s Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Etching

Centre Noeuds, Hand-Signed Limited Edition Etching
By Roberto Matta
Located in New York, NY
Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911-2002) Centre Noeuds, 1974 Hand-signed Etching and Aquatint 24 x 17.5 Edition of 125
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1970s Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Etching

Centre Noeuds, Hand-Signed Limited Edition Etching
By Roberto Matta
Located in New York, NY
Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911-2002) Centre Noeuds, 1974 Hand-signed Etching and Aquatint 24 x 17.5 Edition of 125
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1970s Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Etching

COSI FAN TUTTE
By Roberto Matta
Located in New York, NY
color etching and aquatint. Edition 1/100 Fantastical Surreal Fantasy
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1970s Surrealist Mixed Media

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Etching, Aquatint

COSI FAN TUTTE
H 18.63 in. W 14.34 in.
The Eggs
By Sebastian Matta
Located in Roma, IT
Hand Signed. Etching and aquatint. Artist's Proof. Edition of 90 prints. Image Dimensions : 48 x 62 cm
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1970s Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

  • The Eggs
  • The Eggs
H 23.63 in. W 31.5 in. D 0.04 in.
Untitled (Salamander)
By Roberto Matta
Located in New York, NY
Mixed media: Pencil, ink, acrylic on vellum Framed dimensions: ~ 20" high x 77" wide Provenance: The Artist Anders Österlin, ca 1955 Jan Erik Nordberg, 1986
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1950s Surrealist Mixed Media

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Mixed Media

Hours of the Day series, 8pm
By Roberto Matta
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Roberto Matta Hours of the Day Series, 8pm 1975 Etching with aquatint 25 x 36 in. Edition of 9 Pencil signed and numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shien...
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1970s Surrealist Prints and Multiples

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Etching, Aquatint

Centre Noeuds, Hand-Signed Limited Edition Etching
By Roberto Matta
Located in New York, NY
Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911-2002) Centre Noeuds, 1974 Hand-signed Etching and Aquatint 24 x 17.5 inches Edition of 125
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1970s Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Etching

Centre Noeuds, Hand-Signed Limited Edition Etching
By Roberto Matta
Located in New York, NY
Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911-2002) Centre Noeuds, 1974 Hand-signed Etching and Aquatint 24 x 17.5 inches Edition of 125
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1970s Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Etching

De trace de pas de trace de…
By Roberto Matta
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Signed in pencil lower right Color etching with aquatint From: Monsour and Matta, Les Damnations, 1966 (11 plates, this one of 7 hors text images) Edition: 85 portfolios in the re...
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1960s Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

  • De trace de pas de trace de…
  • De trace de pas de trace de…
H 21.13 in. W 17.13 in. D 1.25 in.
Les Venusiennes from Fog Gog Magog, Planche 6
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta, Chilean (1911 - 2002) Title: Les Venusiennes (VI) - Fog Ma Gog Planche 6 Year: 1971 Medium: Lithograph on Arches, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 94/100...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Le centre du cicle
By Roberto Matta
Located in Malmo, SE
Artwork size: 145×140 cm. Frame size: 152×148×4,5 cm. Acquired directly from the artist. This work is registered in the Archives of Roberto Matta, under number 71/82 and is accompan...
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1970s Surrealist Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

  • Le centre du cicle
  • Le centre du cicle
  • Le centre du cicle
  • Le centre du cicle
H 59.85 in. W 58.27 in. D 1.97 in.
Hours of the Day Series, 8am
By Roberto Matta
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Roberto Matta Hours of the Day Series, 8am 1975 Etching with aquatint 25 x 36 in. Edition of 9 Pencil signed and numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shien...
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1970s Surrealist Prints and Multiples

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Etching, Aquatint

Hours of the Day series, 10pm
By Roberto Matta
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Roberto Matta Hours of the Day Series, 10pm 1975 Etching with aquatint 25 x 36 in. Edition of 9 Pencil signed and numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shie...
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1970s Surrealist Prints and Multiples

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Etching, Aquatint

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Surrealist Matta For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact surrealist matta you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. In our selection of items, you can find Surrealist examples as well as a Abstract version. If you’re looking for a surrealist matta from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 20th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. On 1stDibs, the right surrealist matta is waiting for you and the choices span a range of colors that includes gray, beige, black and blue. There have been many interesting surrealist matta examples over the years, but those made by Roberto Matta, Sebastian Matta and Sebastian "Batan" Matta-Clark are often thought to be among the most thought-provoking. Frequently made by artists working in etching, aquatint and lithograph, these artworks are unique and have attracted attention over the years.

How Much is a Surrealist Matta?

The price for a surrealist matta in our collection starts at $296 and tops out at $175,000 with the average selling for $2,400.

Roberto Matta Biography and Important Works

“The function of art,” the Surrealist Roberto Matta once stated, “is to unveil the enormous economic, cultural and emotional forces that materially interact in our lives and that constitute the real space in which we live.” In his paintings, Matta sought to expose those forces through the Surrealist practice of automatism, creating work in a free-associative state intended to conjure the unconscious.

After studying architecture in his native Chile, Matta, then 22, chose to pursue the field in Paris, where he mingled with stars of the avant-garde like Gertrude Stein, Salvador Dalí and Walter Gropius. In the late 1930s, he abandoned Paris, together with his job at Le Corbusier’s studio and (for a time) his career, for modern art’s new epicenter, New York City. There, he became a colleague of art legends like Marcel Duchamp and Arshile Gorky.

Although celebrated primarily for his work as a painter, Matta was an equally talented furniture designer. His furniture pieces, like his artworks, are the stuff of dreams. The back of his totem chair, for example, is composed of smiling, cartoonish creatures stacked on top of each other. In his MAgriTTA armchair, the top half of a plush green apple sticks out of large black bowler in homage to its namesake, the Belgian Surrealist René Magritte.

But perhaps the piece that most truly embodies his artistic philosophy is his 1966 Mallite modular system: a collection of spongy, undulating sofas and lounges that can be fitted together to form a puzzle-like room divider. The work, an original edition of which is in MoMA’s permanent collection, has in recent decades been a hard-to-find collectors’ item — until 2019, when Italian design brand Paradisoterrestre issued a reedition, available through Duplex.

Browse Roberto Matta's paintings and furniture designs on 1stDibs.