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Roberto Matta Art

Chilean, 1911-2002

“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.

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MATTA - 10 EROTIC ETCHINGS - New School Portfolio
By Roberto Matta
Located in Santa Monica, CA
ROBERT 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 et...
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1940s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Inkjet, Etching

Ancien Victorieux je te morphose from Hom'mere I (Chaosmos)
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta, Chilean (1911 - 2002) Title: Ancien Victorieux Je te morphose from Hom'mere (Chaosmos) Year: 1974 Medium: Etching with Aquatint on Arches, Signed and Numbered ...
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1970s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

No title
By Roberto Matta
Located in Paris, FR
Etching Handsigned by the artist in pencil and numbered 4/10 EA 32.00 cm. x 24.50 cm. 12.6 in. x 9.65 in. (paper) 22.50 cm. x 16.00 cm. 8.86 in. x 6.3 in. (image) Japan paper. Two ...
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1970s Abstract Roberto Matta Art

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Etching

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 Roberto Matta Art

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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 Roberto Matta Art

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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 Roberto Matta Art

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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 Roberto Matta Art

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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 Roberto Matta Art

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Etching

Personnage by Roberto Matta - Abstract figuration
By Roberto Matta
Located in London, GB
Personnage by Roberto Matta (1911-2002) Pastel and charcoal on paper 102 x 71.4 cm (40 ¹/₈ x 28 ¹/₈ inches) Signed lower right Provenance Private collection, London
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Roberto Matta Art

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Paper, Charcoal, Pastel

1975 Roberto Matta 'T'ou't se tient' Contemporary France Lithograph
By Roberto Matta
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 12.25 x 9.5 inches ( 31.115 x 24.13 cm ) Image Size: 12.25 x 9.5 inches ( 31.115 x 24.13 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Addi...
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1970s Roberto Matta Art

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Lithograph

Untitled
By Roberto Matta
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Roberto Matta. "Untitled" is a surrealist painting, oil on canvas in a palette of greens and blacks by Latin American artist Roberto Matta. The artwork is unsigned. Muc...
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Mid-20th Century Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Canvas, Oil

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 Roberto Matta Art

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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 26 × 20 in 66 × 50.8 cm Edition of 125
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1970s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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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 Roberto Matta Art

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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 26 × 20 in 66 × 50.8 cm Edition of 125
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1970s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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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 Roberto Matta Art

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Etching

L'epreuve
By Roberto Matta
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Roberto Matta. "L'epreuve" is a surrealist painting, oil on canvas in palette of grays, greens, and yellows by Latin American artist Roberto Matta. It is signed in the ...
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Mid-20th Century Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Oil, Canvas

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 Roberto Matta Art

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Aquatint

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 Roberto Matta Art

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Etching

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 Roberto Matta Art

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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 Roberto Matta Art

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Etching

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 Roberto Matta Art

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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 Roberto Matta Art

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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 Roberto Matta Art

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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 Roberto Matta Art

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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 Roberto Matta Art

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Handmade Paper, Etching

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 Roberto Matta Art

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Lithograph

L'ergofrage (Naufrage du Titanic) from Hom'mere III - L'Ergonaute
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta Title: L'ergofrage (Naufrage du Titanic) from Hom'mere III - L'Ergonaute Date: 1976-77 Medium: Aquatint etching on Japon, signed and numbered in pencil Edition...
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1970s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

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 Roberto Matta Art

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Lithograph

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 Roberto Matta Art

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Paper

Untitled 5 from Hom'mere V - N'ous Portfolio
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911 - 2002) Title: Untitled 5 Portfolio: Hom'mere V - N'ous Date: 1985 Medium: Etching and aquatint, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 29/100 Im...
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1980s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Untitled 3 from Hom'mere V - N'ous Portfolio
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911 - 2002) Title: Untitled 3 Portfolio: Hom'mere V - N'ous Date: 1985 Medium: Etching and aquatint, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 29/100 Im...
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1980s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Untitled 10 from Hom'mere V - N'ous Portfolio
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911 - 2002) Title: Untitled 10 Portfolio: Hom'mere V - N'ous Date: 1985 Medium: Etching and aquatint, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 29/100 I...
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1980s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Untitled 9 from Hom'mere V - N'ous Portfolio
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911 - 2002) Title: Untitled 9 Portfolio: Hom'mere V - N'ous Date: 1985 Medium: Etching and aquatint, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 29/100 Im...
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1980s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Untitled 8 from Hom'mere V - N'ous Portfolio
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911 - 2002) Title: Untitled 8 Portfolio: Hom'mere V - N'ous Date: 1985 Medium: Etching and aquatint, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 29/100 Im...
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1980s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Untitled 6 from Hom'mere V - N'ous Portfolio
By Roberto Matta
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911 - 2002) Title: Untitled 6 Portfolio: Hom'mere V - N'ous Date: 1985 Medium: Etching and aquatint, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 29/100 Im...
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1980s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Personnages III
By Roberto Matta
Located in London, GB
Signed in pencil, numbered from the edition of 95. Printed on Arches wove paper by Atelier Georges Visat, Paris. Published by Editions L'Oeuvre Gravée, Bern. Plate: 55 x 41.6 cm. ...
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1960s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Figure I
By Roberto Matta
Located in London, GB
Signed in pencil, an artist's proof aside from the numbered edition of 95. Printed on Arches wove paper by Atelier Georges Visat, Paris. Published by Editions L'Oeuvre Gravée, Bern...
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1960s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

L'Helicoptère
By Roberto Matta
Located in London, GB
Plate 1 from 'Scènes familières'. Signed in pencil, from the edition of 50. Printed on Arches wove paper by Atelier Georges Visat, Paris. Published by Editions Galerie Le Point Ca...
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1960s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Aimera bien qui aimera le dernier
By Roberto Matta
Located in London, GB
Signed in pencil, from the edition of 85. Printed on Lana wove paper and published by Georges Visat, Paris. Plate: 42 x 32.7 cm. (Sabatier 194).
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1960s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Judgements: Blitz
By Roberto Matta
Located in London, GB
Plate 1 from 'Judgements'. Signed in pencil, from the edition of 100. Printed on Arches wove paper by Atelier Georges Visat, Paris. Published by Blue Moon Gallery, New York. Plat...
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1960s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Castronautes
By Roberto Matta
Located in London, GB
Signed in pencil, from the edition of 100. Printed on Arches wove paper by Atelier Georges Visat, Paris. Published by Editions L'Oeuvre Gravée, Bern. Plate: 23.5 x 31 cm. (Sabati...
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1960s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Viens Voir
By Roberto Matta
Located in London, GB
Signed in pencil, from the edition of 99. Printed on Arches wove paper by Atelier Georges Visat, Paris. Published by Editions L'Oeuvre Gravée, Bern in 1970. Plate: 41.1 x 54.6 cm....
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1960s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

FMR: Plate 7
By Roberto Matta
Located in London, GB
Signed in pencil, from the edition of 85. Printed on Arches wove paper and published by Georges Visat, Paris. Plate: 23.8 x 17.7 cm. (Sabatier 266).
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1970s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Cruxificion
By Roberto Matta
Located in London, GB
Signed in pencil at lower right.
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1950s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Crayon, Pencil

Droites Libérées: Plate 9
By Roberto Matta
Located in London, GB
From 'Droites Libérées', a series which illustrated a poem by Henri Michaux. Signed in pencil, numbered in Roman numerals from XXV. From the suite on Japon nacré paper (the total e...
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1970s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Aquatint, Etching

Que principio a abrir los ojos
By Roberto Matta
Located in London, GB
Signed in pencil at lower right. Inscribed 'Que principio a abrir los ojos' ('Where to start when you open your eyes') in pencil at lower centre.
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1950s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Crayon, Color Pencil

Hom’mere III - L’Ergonaute, Etching and Aquatint
By Roberto Matta
Located in New York, NY
Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911-2002) Hom’mere III - L’Ergonaute, 1977 Hand-Signed Etching, aquatint in colors 19 1/4 x 14 3/4 in Ed. 100 Signed Reference: Germana Ferrari: 204-213 in M...
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1970s Surrealist Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Grand Circus, Surrealist Etching and Aquatint
By Roberto Matta
Located in New York, NY
Roberto Matta, was one of Chile's best-known painters and a seminal figure in 20th century abstract expressionist and surrealist art. Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911-2002) Grand Circus...
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1970s Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

The Oppressors, Surrealist Etching and Aquatint
By Roberto Matta
Located in New York, NY
Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911-2002) The Oppressors, 1983 Hand-Signed Etching and aquatint 14.5 x 19.5 inches 65/ 100
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1980s Abstract Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Untitled
By Roberto Matta
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Roberto Matta. This Untitled, abstract, oil on canvas painting is executed in a vibrant palette primarily of yellows, greens, apricot, gray and black by Latin American ...
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1970s Abstract Roberto Matta Art

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Canvas, Oil

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 Roberto Matta Art

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Lithograph

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 Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

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 Roberto Matta Art

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Canvas, Oil

Untitled (from "Così fan tutte" portfolio)
By Roberto Matta
Located in New York, NY
Image: 21 x 17 in. Frame (suede): 31 x 26 in. Signed and numbered in pencil
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20th Century Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Untitled (from "Così fan tutte" portfolio)
By Roberto Matta
Located in New York, NY
Image: 21 x 17 in. Frame (suede): 31 x 26 in. Signed and numbered in pencil
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20th Century Roberto Matta Art

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Aquatint, Etching

Untitled (from "Così fan tutte" portfolio)
By Roberto Matta
Located in New York, NY
Image: 21 x 17 in. Frame (suede): 31 x 26 in. Signed and numbered in pencil
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20th Century Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Untitled (from "Così fan tutte" portfolio)
By Roberto Matta
Located in New York, NY
Image: 21 x 17 in. Frame (suede): 31 x 26 in. Signed and numbered in pencil
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20th Century Roberto Matta Art

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Etching, Aquatint

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