Roberto Matta graduated from architecture school in 1933 and settled in Paris in 1935 where he apprenticed with modernist architect Le Corbusier. He was then introduced to Salvador Dalí and the British artist, Gordon Onslow Ford, who became a lifelong friend. Matta, along with other surrealists, fled Europe for New York, during World War II. Young, dynamic and approachable Matta quickly developed relationships with American artists such as Gerome Kamrowski, Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky, William Baziotes, Peter Busa, and Robert Motherwell. He spent the war years (1939–1949) primarily in New York, but traveled to Mexico. Attracted by the "untamable nature" of what he saw, his imagery became more chaotic though contained within a defined cosmos, symbolizing his belief in the fundamental unity of all things.