Matta's 1932-37 art


Matta left his native Chile for Paris in 1933, working in the studio of architect Le Corbusier for two years. He was introduced to the surrealist artists in Paris and by 1937 began to produce imaginative crayon drawings of other-worldly volcanic landscapes. Gordon Onslow-Ford encouraged him to try his first oil paintings, titled "Psychological Morphologies", which he considered "landscapes of the mind".

1932-37
Sick Flesh
"Sick Flesh" (b&w photo)
ca. 1932-3
34.3 x 24.1 cm.
collection of Lillian Lorca de Tagle, Austin TX
The Clown
"The Clown"
1934
38.7 x 27.9 cm.
untitled (Payaso)
untitled (Payaso)
1935
38.9 x 27.6 cm.
Panama
"Panama"
1936
27 x 38.7 cm.
Wet Sheets
"Wet Sheets"
1936
32.5 x 50 cm.
The Drukier Collection
La forêt
"La forêt"
1937
31.7 x 49.5
Gordon Onslow Ford Collection
Snail's Trace
"Snail's Trace"
crayon and pencil on paper
1937
49.5 x 64.8 cm.
private collection, La Jolla

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Untitled
untitled
1937 (D 37/20)
22.2 x 29.2 cm.
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York
Untitled
untitled
1937
22.8 x 29.2 cm.
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York
Untitled
untitled
1937
49.5 x 67.7 cm.
Untitled
untitled
watercolor
1937 (D 37/28)
31.1 x 49.5 cm.
The Drukier Collection
Untitled
untitled
watercolor
1937 (D37/29)
32.4 x 50.2 cm.
private collection, La Jolla
Composición azul
Composición azul
watercolor
1937
32.5 x 50 cm.
Desnudo
"Desnudo"
gouache and crayon on paper
1937
24.1 x 30.5 cm.
The Drukier Collection
Untitled
untitled
1937 (D 37/30)
25.5 x 20.3 cm.
Untitled
untitled
1937 (D37/31)
19.5 x 24.5 cm.
To Both of You
"To Both of You"
crayon and graphite on paper
1937 (D37/34)
31.4 x 49 cm.
private collection, La Jolla
Scénario No. 1: Succion panique du soleil
"Scénario No. 1: Succion panique du soleil"
1937 (D 37/41)
49.8 x 65.1 cm.
Morphology
"Morphology"
1937
49.8 x 65.1 cm.
private collection, La Jolla

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Untitled
untitled
1937
49.5 x 67.3 cm.