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Finding aid for the Enrico Donati letters received and manuscripts, 1943-1963.
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Enrico Donati letters received and manuscripts
    Date (inclusive): 1943-1963
    Number: 940120
    Creator/Collector: Donati, Enrico, 1909-2008
    Physical Description: 250.0 items
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 The collection comprises circa 210 published and unpublished letters, postcards, and notes received by Enrico Donati, many relating to the organization and impact of the Surrealist exhibition.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 note

    Arranged in 2 series: Series I. Letters received, 1943-1963; Series II. Manuscripts and ephemera, 1943-1963

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Donati, Enrico, 1909-2008

    Subjects - Topics

    Art--Exhibitions--20th century--France--Paris

    Subjects - Titles

    Solution surréaliste Surreialisme en 1947

    Genres and Forms of Material



    Ashton, Dore
    Baj, Enrico, 1924-2003
    Ballet International
    Biennale di Venezia
    Brauner, Victor, 1903-1966
    Breton, André, 1896-1966
    Breton, Elise
    Brooks, James, 1906-1992
    Cagli, Corrado, 1910-1976
    Calas, Nicolas
    Cardazzo, Carlo, 1908-1963
    Clarac-Sérou, Max
    Craven, John, 1912-1981
    Crehan, Hubert
    Delanglade, Freideiric
    Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-1985
    Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968
    Faucheaux, Pierre
    Fontana, Lucio, 1899-1968
    Galerie Maeght (Paris, France).
    Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna (Italy)
    Geist, Sidney
    Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974
    Gómez-Correa, Enrique, 1915-
    Hare, David, 1917-1992
    Heisler, Jindřich, 1914-1953
    Hérold , Jacques, 1910-1987
    Jean, Marcel, 1900-1993
    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
    Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.).
    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
    Tanguy, Yves, 1900-1955
    Tanning, Dorothea, 1910-
    Tapié, Michel
    Tyler, Parker
    Wolff, Theodore F.