Two-part bronze sculpture with black patina, 1958. Single figure: 640x590x310 mm; 25 1/2x23x12 inches (excluding marble base). Double figure: 625x590x320 mm; 24 1/2x23x12 1/2 inches (excluding marble base). Signed on the base of the part with two figures.
Ex-collection Edelman Arts, New York, with the original labels.
Though known primarily for his large-scale paintings, Matta experimented with sculpture periodically throughout his career, working through many of the same psychological themes present in the rest of his oeuvre. Working mostly in bronze, his elongated, abstracted figures bear resemblance to Salvador Dalí's Surrealist figures, and through the medium of sculpture they also have an emphasized Mannerist appearance. Matta addressed the theme of the crucifixion frequently throughout his career; the dramatic and morbid scene appealed to his Surrealist sensibilities.