Almanach Surréaliste du Demi-Siecle
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Wraps; 8vo; pp. , 226, XII (ads), illustrated in b/w throughout, plus 4 plates printed on the recto and verso. First edition, common printing copy, unnumbered. Inscribed and signed by Andre Breton and Benjamin Peret on the justification page, "Exemplaire d’Enrico Donati." Spine tips lightly bumped and spine faintly creased; covers and text block a bit age-toned; ads (printed on different stock) a bit brittle. An interesting association copy -- it is unusual to see so many Surrealists so plainly linked. Enrico Donati (1909-2008) was an Italian-born American painter and sculptor, known for his works in Surrealism, Constructivism, and Abstract Expressionism. He attended the New School for Social Research, and in 1942 had his first one-man show at the New School’s gallery. His work impressed the art historian Lionello Venturi, who brought him into a circle of prominent European artists, many of them Surrealists, who had gathered in New York at the outset of the war – Andre Breton, Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, Yves Tanguy, Arshile Gorky, Marcel Duchamp, Giorgio de Chirico, Fernand Léger and the American sculptor Alexander Calder. Mr. Donati’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, as well as the Museum of Fine Art in Houston and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels. Bookseller Inventory # D9135
Title: Almanach Surréaliste du Demi-Siecle
Publisher: Editions du Sagittaire, Paris
Publication Date: 1950
Book Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
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