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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Enrico Donati letters received and manuscripts
    Date (inclusive): 1943-1963
    Collection number: 940120
    Collector: Donati, Enrico, 1909-
    Extent: ca. 250 items
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Library
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California 90049-1688
    Abstract: Italian-born painter and sculptor. Circa 200 letters received from galleries, museums, and artists, four manuscripts, and circa 20 printed items primarily relate to the Surrealist retrospective "Le Surrealisme en 1947" curated by Andrei Breton and Marcel Duchamp and held at the Galerie Maeght in Paris, July-August 1947.
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    Language: Collection material is in French, English and Italian.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

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    Preferred Citation

    Enrico Donati letters received and manuscripts, 1943-1963, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 940120.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1994.

    Processing History

    Processed by Hillary Brown, with later additions processed and added to the finding aid by Beth Guynn.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    The Italian-born painter and sculptor, Enrico Donati, became an American citizen in 1945. During the 1930s and 1940s he was associated with Surrealists in Paris and New York, contributing to the Surrealist retrospective in Paris in 1947.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    A major focus of the letters, manuscripts and ephemera that comprise this collection is the Surrealist retrospective "Le Surrealisme en 1947" curated by Andrei Breton and Marcel Duchamp and held at the Galerie Maeght in Paris, July-August 1947. The collection comprises circa 210 published and unpublished letters, postcards, and notes received by Enrico Donati, many relating to the organization and impact of the Surrealist exhibition. Other letters from galleries, museums, and Donati's fellow artists reflect his professional life and that of his friends.
    Also included are four manuscripts by Donati, clippings relating to his work or the 1947 surrealist exhibition, and articles about Donati's work by American and European critics such as Dore Ashton, Hubert Crehan, Alain Jouffroy, and Jaroslav Serpan.


    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Donati, Enrico, 1909-

    Subjects - Topics

    Art—Exhibitions—20th century—France—Paris

    Genres and Forms of Material



    Ashton, Dore
    Baj, Enrico, 1924—2003
    Brauner, Victor, 1903—1966
    Breton, André, 1896—1966.
    Breton, Elise.
    Brooks, James, 1906-
    Cagli, Corrado, 1910-1976
    Calas, Nicolas
    Cardazzo, Carlo, 1908-1963
    Clarac-Sérou, Max
    Craven, John, 1912-
    Crehan, Hubert.
    Delanglade, Freideiric.
    Dubuffet, Jean, † d 1901-1985.
    Duchamp, Marcel, † d 1887-1968.
    Faucheaux, Pierre.
    Fontana, Lucio, † d 1899-1968.
    Geist, Sidney.
    Góimez—Correa, Enrique, † d 1915-
    Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974
    Hare, David, 1917-
    Heisler, Jindrich, 1914-1953
    Hérold, Jacques, 1910-
    Jean, Marcel, 1900-
    Jouffroy, Alain, 1928-
    Kober, Jacques
    Lam, Wifredo
    Lamba, Jacqueline, 1910-
    Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964
    Luca, Géirasim.
    Martins, Maria, 1900-1973
    Matta Echaurren, Roberto Sebastián, 1912-2002
    Miller, Henry, 1891-1980
    Nadeau, Marthe
    Nadeau, Maurice
    Péret, Benjamin, 1899-1959
    Reggiani, Mauro, 1897-1980
    Renne, René
    Sage, Kay
    Seligmann, Kurt, 1900-1962
    Selz, Peter Howard, 1919-
    Serbanne, Claude
    Serpan, 1922-1976
    Tanning, Dorothea, 1910-
    Tanguy, Yves, † d 1900-1955
    Tapié, Michel
    Tyler, Parker
    Wolff, Theodore F.
    Ballet International.
    Galerie Maeght (Paris, France)
    Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna (Italy)
    Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
    Biennale di Venezia


    Solution surréaliste Surreialisme en 1947