Painting with Yellow and Green

Matta (Roberto Sebastián Antonio Echaurren Matta) (1962)

How does your mind work?

Matta’s large canvases evoke the cosmos, totems, and the human psyche. His work was, in his words, an attempt to create a “psychological morphology,” or a visible map of human consciousness. In this composition, mechanical forms float in a surreal space. The diagrammatic nature of the elements gives the impression that the painting can function as a kind of blueprint for the subconscious. This painting might also offer an example of what Matta called his “architecture of the imagination.”

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Oil on canvas


Gift of the Estate of Moses and Ruth Helen Lasky, San Francisco