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Arts of Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean

Works of art from Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean range from ancient cultures to cutting-edge artists of today. Among the highlights are the Glassell Collection of Pre-Columbian Gold and the museum’s growing collection of modern and contemporary art by Latin American and Latino artists.

© 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Chilean, 1911 - 2002
Oil on canvas

38 ¼ x 51 ¼ inches

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Collection

Arts of Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean

Roberto Matta, a native of Chile, had been invited by André Breton to join the Paris circle of Surrealists in 1937; two years later Matta fled to New York, joining the Europeans in exile who transformed American art at mid-century. This painting, created at a moment when the artist was making his most essential works, captures through its acid palette and cataclysmic imagery the troubled climate of the war years. Untitled describes the evolution of Surrealism into Abstract Expressionism, recognizing the intercontinental character of art at the time.