Matta's 1945-46 art


Extremely prolific and creative during the postwar period, Matta often painted alien beings involved in various unexplainable activities.

1945
Le poète (Un poète de notre connaissance)
"Le poète (Un poète de notre connaissance)"
1945 (45/1)
94 x 76.5 cm.
La femme affamée
"La femme affamée"
1945 (45/2)
91.4 x 76.2 cm.
private collection, La Jolla, Calif.
Être avec
"Être avec"
1945 (45/11)
220 x 457.5 cm.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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The Remainer
"The Remainer"
1945
111.8 x 81.3 cm.
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Langue aux chats
"Langue aux chats"
1945
96.2 x 76.2 cm.
New York
Abstracto
"Abstracto"
ca. 1945?
92 x 76.2 cm.
Hand Holding Transparent Seashell
"Hand Holding Transparent Seashell"
1945
46.4 x 29.8 cm.
X-Space and the Ego
"X-Space and the Ego"
1945
202.2 x 457.2 cm.
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

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X-Space and the Ego
"X-Space and the Ego"
  with a fan
photo taken July 2004 by Phil Baledent
The Heart Players
"The Heart Players"
(b&w photo)
1945
195.6 x 251.5 cm.
private collection, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Rêve ou Morte
"Rêve ou Morte"
(b&w photo)
1945
60 x 130 cm.

L'octrui en famille
"L'octrui en famille"
ca. 1945
color pencil and graphite on paper
29.4 x 36.7 cm.
untitled
untitled
1945
colored pastels on black paper
24.4 x 30.2 cm.
private collection, La Jolla
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untitled
untitled
1945
colored pastels on black paper
24.4 x 30.2 cm.
private collection, La Jolla
Lettre sur la bombe atomique
"Lettre sur la bombe atomique"
1945
colored pastels on black paper
36 x 48.2 cm.
was used as a maquette for the cover of
a 1945 book by Denis de Rougemont



1946
untitled
untitled
ca. 1946
114 x 146 cm.
untitled
untitled
ca. 1946
114 x 146 cm.
L'Ecclectrician
"L'Ecclectrician"
1945-6
139.7 x 195.6 cm.
Le Pélerin du doute
"Le Pélerin du doute"
1946 (46/4)
195.6 x 251.5 cm.
private collection, New York
The Ego and the I
"The Ego and the I"
1946 (46/11)
80.5 x 101 cm.
private collection, Geneva
Splitting the Ergo
"Splitting the Ergo"
1946
196.8 x 243.8 cm.
private collection, Meriden
Jittering the Feelings
"Jittering the Feelings"
1946
96.5 x 83.8 cm.
private collection, New York
It's a Pity
"It's a Pity"
1946
101 x 82.2 cm.
New York
Funferal
"Funferal"
1946
101.6 x 152 cm.
New York
A Grave Situation
"A Grave Situation"
1946
137.2 x 195.6 cm.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
untitled (Prime Ordeal)
"untitled (Prime Ordeal)"
1946
136 x 191 cm.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Figure Studies
"Figure Studies"
1946
crayon and graphite on paper
Por una bicicleta
"Por una bicicleta"
1946 (D 46/41)
50.2 x 36.8 cm.
crayon and graphite on paper
Four Drawings
Four Drawings
1946 (D 46/43)
width 17.8 cm. each
crayon and graphite on paper
untitled
untitled
1946
crayon and graphite on paper