Modern and Contemporary Art
To Escape the Absolute
Roberto Matta, Chilean, 1911 - 2002
Oil on canvas
Currently not on view
2004-45-3Gift of Sylvia and Joseph Slifka, 2004
LabelA prominent figure in the Surrealist movement, Roberto Matta sought to give visual form to the human psyche, representing it as a mysterious, ethereal realm. He painted To Escape the Absolute during his 1939 to 1948 stay in the United States, where his presence had a catalytic effect on the younger generation of American avant-garde artists, such as the future Abstract Expressionists Arshile Gorky (1904–1948) and Robert Motherwell (1915–1991).