ROBERTO MATTA (1911-2002)
signed, inscribed, dated and numbered 'Matta 74 1/11 Cacastrello' (on the reverse of the bats); and stamped 'SM4' (on the reverse of the center bat)
gold and glass bead necklace with gold pendants in the shape of bats inlaid with diamond, moissanite, and rubies
13¾ in. (34.9 cm.) long
Each bat: 1 x 1¾ in. (2.6 x 4.5 cm.)
Executed in 1974 in an edition of eleven
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Germana Matta Ferrari and dated 12 February 2016.
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Roberto Matta, known simply as Matta, was a major figure in 20th century abstract expressionism and surrealism. Born in Santiago, Chile, in 1911, Matta spent most of his life abroad, in New York and Paris, before finally settling in Italy. Best known for what he called his “inscapes” or landscapes of the mind and “physical morphologies,” Matta developed a unique artistic language that bridged the natural and supernatural worlds. His works reflect an interest in psychoanalysis, spiritualism, and ancient tribal traditions. The featured necklace is an extension of these ideas; Cacastrello, a play on the Italian word “Pipistrello,” meaning “bat,” features three gold pendants in the form of bats, their eyes inlaid with rubies and diamonds. Regarded as symbols of death and rebirth, bats occupy an important place in spiritual and mystical traditions. As creatures of the night with the ability to see in darkness, bats represent the intuitive as opposed to the rational world, and as such, they were particularly appealing to Matta.

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