Composition surréaliste oil and mixed media on canvas 20.2 x 127cm (7 15/16 x 50in).
PROVENANCE Acquired directly from the artist in the early 1950s by Fleur Cowles, New York and London. Thence by descent to the present owner.
The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Maître Marielle Digard.
A photograph of Donati in 1952 at the Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York, holding a work of very similar dimensions, technique and composition is illustrated in T.F. Wolff, Enrico Donati, Surrealism and Beyond, New York, 1996, frontispiece. Two further compositions from 1949 in mixed media, of similar proportions but slightly smaller size (The Ball, 8 x 50 cm., and 3rd Shift, 10 x 64 cm.) may indicate a date for the present work (T.F. Wolff, op. cit., pp.62-63).