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"Moon-Stone" - 1978 by Enrico Donati ( Italian - American, 1909 - 2008 )

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"Moon-Stone" - 1978

Signed Donati (lower left) and countersigned, titled and dated by the artist on the back of the stretcher Mixed media (agglomerations of sand and acrylic) on canvas – Excellent condition 30 ¼ x 30 ¼ in (77 x 77 cm) 31 ½ x 31 ½ in framed (80 x 80 cm).

Beautiful custom-made, hand-crafted, natural oak floater frame with 12KT platinum-leafed edges.

This presented work gathers most of Donati’s signature’s style: The subject matter echoes with his surrealist past, the artist having said: “once a Surrealist, always a Surrealist”, especially his connection to Magritte whom he encountered in France as well as his passion for Native American artifacts and lunar symbols and surfaces. Also, being a sculptor and liking space and texture, a third dimension is added to this canvas with the accumulation of sand into a sort of relief using his trademark technique.

 Literature: The artist is referenced in every major art dictionary and has been the subject of numerous monographies including: -Theodore F. Wolff: “Enrico Donati: Surrealism and Beyond”, 1996 - Dawn Ades and Ann Temkin: “Enrico Donati”, 2015  Selected public collections: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY Rockefeller University, New York, NY Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis, MO University of Texas, Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, Austin, TX Swarthmore College Art Collection, Swarthmore, PA Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA The Baltimore Museum of Art, MD Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC The Lowe Museum, University of Miami, FL Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL University of Michigan Art Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium Museum of International Center of Aesthetic Research, Turin, Italy The Israel Museum, Jerusalem Arturo Schwarz Surrealist Foundation, Milan, Italy Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderne, Milan, Italy Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderne, Rome, Italy

Fontainebleau Fine Art

"Moon-Stone" - 1978 by Enrico Donati ( Italian - American, 1909 - 2008 )

Call For Price and Availability | 203-325-8070


"Moon-Stone" - 1978

Signed Donati (lower left) and countersigned, titled and dated by the artist on the back of the stretcher Mixed media (agglomerations of sand and acrylic) on canvas – Excellent condition 30 ¼ x 30 ¼ in (77 x 77 cm) 31 ½ x 31 ½ in framed (80 x 80 cm).

Beautiful custom-made, hand-crafted, natural oak floater frame with 12KT platinum-leafed edges.

This presented work gathers most of Donati’s signature’s style: The subject matter echoes with his surrealist past, the artist having said: “once a Surrealist, always a Surrealist”, especially his connection to Magritte whom he encountered in France as well as his passion for Native American artifacts and lunar symbols and surfaces. Also, being a sculptor and liking space and texture, a third dimension is added to this canvas with the accumulation of sand into a sort of relief using his trademark technique.

 Literature: The artist is referenced in every major art dictionary and has been the subject of numerous monographies including: -Theodore F. Wolff: “Enrico Donati: Surrealism and Beyond”, 1996 - Dawn Ades and Ann Temkin: “Enrico Donati”, 2015  Selected public collections: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY Rockefeller University, New York, NY Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis, MO University of Texas, Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, Austin, TX Swarthmore College Art Collection, Swarthmore, PA Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA The Baltimore Museum of Art, MD Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC The Lowe Museum, University of Miami, FL Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL University of Michigan Art Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium Museum of International Center of Aesthetic Research, Turin, Italy The Israel Museum, Jerusalem Arturo Schwarz Surrealist Foundation, Milan, Italy Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderne, Milan, Italy Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderne, Rome, Italy

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