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To Cover the Earth with a New Dew

Artist
Roberto Matta, Chilean (active France and United States), 1911–2002
Date
1953
Material
Oil on canvas
Made in
Italy, Europe
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 210
Dimensions
79 3/4 x 114 1/2 in. (202.6 x 290.8 cm)
framed: 80 1/4 x 115 in. (203.8 x 292.1 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Morton D. May
Rights
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY/ADAGP, Paris
Object Number
396:1955
NOTES
In this hallucinatory landscape, the sun rises over a scene of swarming white insects and bizarre green-and-pink orbs. Roberto Matta moved to Paris in 1935 and became a prominent figure in the Surrealist movement. This later work showcases his continued interest in Surrealism’s automatic drawing and painting, where the hand moves freely, uninhibited by conscious thought. Matta described his paintings as, “the subconscious in its burning, liquid state; a conscious daytime substitution of the phenomena of dreams.”
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