ENRICO DONATI

1909-2008

 

 

Selected Public Collections

 

Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

The Baltimore Museum of Art, MD

Musees royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium

University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA

The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

Doane College, Crete, NE

Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, CT

Museum of International Center of Aesthetic Research, Turin, Italy

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Johns - Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

The Lowe Museum, University of Miami, FL

University of Michigan Art Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY

Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderne, Milan, Italy

Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL

Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Rockefeller University, New York, NY

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderne, Rome, Italy

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL

Arturo Schwarz Surrealist Foundation, Milan, Italy

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Swarthmore College Art Collection, Swarthmore, PA

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

University of Texas, Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, Austin, TX

Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS

Vassar Collage, Poughkeepsie, NY

Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis, MO

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

 

 

 

Biography

 

Enrico Donati, was  known for his association with the surrealist movement of the 1940's, but his artwork continued to transform itself through the many trends that have occurred during his long career.  In Italy he attended the Universita degli Studi in Pavia where he studied economics.  In 1934, he moved to the United States settling in New York where he studied at the New School for Social Research and the Art Students' League.

 

Considered the surviving dean of the Surrealist Movement and a member of the New York School, Donati painted with Ernst, Matta and Tanguy in the thirties and forties, and in particular with Andre Breton, regarded by many to be the grand master of Surrealism.  He helped organize the Exposition Internationale du Surrealisme in Paris in 1947 where he exhibited three of his pieces.

 

Donati survived the decline of Surrealism in the late 1940's by adapting his style to current art trends such as Abstract Expressionism as he worked with new materials and textures throughout the 1950's.

 

Donati held a retrospective at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels in 1961 and went on to exhibit at the Betty Parsons Gallery with other forerunners of American Abstract Expressionism: Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, and Jackson Pollock.  It was at this time that Donati created some of his most inventive and extraordinary work, some of which was featured in a survey exhibition at the Alter & Gil Gallery, Beverly Hills, California, in January 2000.

 

Moving into his nineties, Donati worked almost every day.  From his studio overlooking Central Park, he continued painting as he had done  for almost six decades.  Since his arrival in the Untied States in 1942, he has recorded the evolution of American art over the past sixty years, including the Surrealism of the 1940's, Abstract Expressionism, Native American symbols, and even Pop Art, all evoked in his knife or brush strokes.

 

 

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