INVENTORY OF THE ENRICO DONATI LETTERS RECEIVED AND MANUSCRIPTS, 1943-1963.

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INVENTORY OF THE ENRICO DONATI LETTERS RECEIVED AND MANUSCRIPTS, 1943-1963

Accession no. 940120

Finding aid prepared by Hillary Brown
Getty Research Institute

Contact Information:

  • Getty Research Institute
  • Research Library
  • Special Collections and Visual Resources
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
  • Los Angeles, California 90049-1688
  • Phone: (310) 440-7390
  • Fax: (310) 440-7780
  • Email requests: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/library/reference_form.html
  • URL: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/library/
Processed by:
Hillary Brown.
Date Completed:
1996
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©2006 J. Paul Getty Trust

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

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

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.

Arrangement

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Donati, Enrico, 1909-

Subjects - Topics

Surrealism
Art—Exhibitions—20th century—France—Paris

Genres and Forms of Material

Ephemera

Contributors

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

Titles

Solution surréaliste Surreialisme en 1947


 

Series I.  Letters received, 1943-1963

Physical Description: 5 folders

Scope and Content Note

The series contains circa 210 published and unpublished letters, postcards, and notes received by Enrico Donati, many relating to the organization and impact of the 1947 Surrealist exhibition. Other letters from galleries, museums, and Donati's fellow artists reflect his professional life and that of his friends.
Box 1, Folder 1

Enrico Baj, 1953

Scope and Content Note

2 letters.
Box 1, Folder 1

Ballet International Incorporated, 1944

Scope and Content Note

1 letter and one contract.
Box 1, Folder 1

Victor Brauner, 1946-1948

Scope and Content Note

9 letters.
Box 1, Folder 2

André Breton and Elise Breton, 1943-1953

Scope and Content Note

38 letters, 2 postcards and 5 telegrams, copy of A l'etoile scellée, 1 envelope with notes, exhibit plans.
Box 1, Folder 3

James Brooks, undated

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 3

Corrado Cagli, 1945

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 3

Nicolas Calas, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

1 letter
Box 1, Folder 3

Aldo Capri, 1952

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 3

Carlo Cardazzo (Galleria d'Arte del Naviglio, Milan) 1954

Scope and Content Note

1 letter and 1 telegram.
Box 1, Folder 3

Bacioni da Ceponi (Edizione del Milione, Milan) undated

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 3

Max Clarac-Sérou, 1953-1954

Scope and Content Note

3 letters.
Box 1, Folder 3

Committee of Artists (Stable Gallery, New York) 1953

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 3

John Craven, 1954

Scope and Content Note

3 letters.
Box 1, Folder 3

Hubert Crehan ( Art Digest), 1954

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 3

Frédéric Delanglade, 1947

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 3

Jean Dubuffet, 1952

Scope and Content Note

2 letters and 1 postcard.
Box 1, Folder 4

Marcel Duchamp, 1949-1961

Scope and Content Note

14 letters, 6 postcards, 4 notes, 1 telegram, rotorelief plans and directions.
Box 1, Folder 5

Pierre Faucheaux, 1953

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Lucio Fontana, 1952

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Galerie Maeght, 1947

Scope and Content Note

2 letters.
Box 1, Folder 5

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome (Palma Bucarelli, Soprintendenza) 1952

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Enrique Gomez-Correa, 1947-1949

Scope and Content Note

4 letters.
Box 1, Folder 5

Adolph Gottlieb, 1948

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Gypsy, 1948

Scope and Content Note

1 telegram.
Box 1, Folder 5

David Hare and Jacqueline Lamba, 1947-1951

Scope and Content Note

3 letters and 1 postcard.
Box 1, Folder 5

Jindrich Heisler, 1948

Scope and Content Note

2 letters.
Box 1, Folder 5

Jacques Hérold, 1946

Scope and Content Note

2 letters.
Box 1, Folder 5

Marcel Jean, 1949

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Alain Jouffroy, 1953

Scope and Content Note

2 letters.
Box 1, Folder 5

Jacques Kober, 1947

Scope and Content Note

2 letters.
Box 1, Folder 6

Wifredo Lam, 1952

Scope and Content Note

1 postcard.
Box 1, Folder 5

Rico Lebrun, undated

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Ghérasim Luca, 1947

Scope and Content Note

1 collage postcard.
Box 1, Folder 5

Henning Man, 1949

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Maria Martins, 1954, undated

Scope and Content Note

2 letters.
Box 1, Folder 5

Matta, 1947, undated

Scope and Content Note

1 letter, 5 notes and 2 telegrams.
Box 1, Folder 5

Henry Miller, 1948-1949

Scope and Content Note

1 letter and 1 postcard.
Box 1, Folder 5

Museum of Modern Art, New York (Jane Sabersky, Assistant Curator) 1953

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Maurice and Marthe Nadeau, 1947

Scope and Content Note

4 letters.
Box 1, Folder 5

NRF, Paris, undated

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Robert Osborne, 1963

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Benjamin Péret: 2 letters, 1949-1950

Scope and Content Note

2 letters.
Box 1, Folder 5

Mauro Reggiani, 1952-1953

Scope and Content Note

1 letter and 1 poscard.
Box 1, Folder 5

René Renne, 1947

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Roberto, 1954, undated

Scope and Content Note

2 letters.
Box 1, Folder 5

Kurt Seligmann, 1952

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 7

Claude Serbanne, 1947

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Jaroslav Serpan, 1953-1954

Scope and Content Note

12 letters, 1 postcard, 1 announcement and 1 etching.
Box 1, Folder 5

Solution Surréaliste (Jean-Louis Bédouin and Seigle) 1948

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Yves Tanguy and Kay Sage, 1946-1957

Scope and Content Note

8 letters, 1 gallery invitation, 6 postcards and 1 card.
Box 1, Folder 5

Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst, undated

Scope and Content Note

Series of 5 postcards.
Box 1, Folder 5

Michel Tapié, 1953, undated

Scope and Content Note

3 letters.
Box 1, Folder 5

Toninelli, 1947

Scope and Content Note

1 letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Venice Biennial, 1949-1950

Scope and Content Note

2 letters, 1 postcard.
Box 1, Folder 5

Venturi, 1950

Scope and Content Note

1 postcard.
Box 1, Folder 5

Miscellaneous correspondence, undated

Scope and Content Note

2 letters.
Box 1, Folder 5

2 notes, undated

Box 1, Folder 5

1 tracing, undated

Box 1, Folder 5

1 etching, 1953

Box 1, Folder 5

1 article: “Superstitions,” undated

 

Series II.  Manuscripts and ephemera, circa 1943-1963

Physical Description: 4 folders

Scope and Content Note

Series contains 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.
Box 1, Folder 8

4 manuscripts by Enrico Donati

Scope and Content Note

“Alchemy,” “Is my fossil my myth?”, “Foreword,” and “Black & three whites.”
Box 1, Folder 9

4 clippings and magazine, 1947-1949

Scope and Content Note

Includes February 1947 issue of Arts Magazine .
Box 1, Folder 10

Articles about Enrico Donati's work

Scope and Content Note

By Dore Ashton, Nicolas Calas, Hubert Crehan, Sidney Geist, Alain Jouffroy, and Maurice Nadeau.
Box 1, Folder 11

Articles about Enrico Donati's work

Scope and Content Note

By Peter Selz, Parker Tyler, Jaroslav Serpan, Theodore F. Wolff, and various critics.