Antonio Donghi (1897-1963), Fiori, Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 1935
Lot 231AR
Antonio Donghi
(Italian, 1897-1963)
Vaso di fiori
Sold for £ 18,750 (US$ 24,331) inc. premium

Lot Details
Antonio Donghi (Italian, 1897-1963)
Vaso di fiori
signed and dated 'Antonio Donghi 35' (lower right)
oil on canvas
49.8 x 39.8cm (19 5/8 x 15 11/16in).
Painted in 1935

Footnotes

  • The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Dott. Valerio Rivosecchi.

    Provenance
    Acquired directly from the artist by the father of the previous owner.
    Their sale, Bonhams, Knightsbridge, 4 April 2012, lot 27.
    Private collection, Italy (acquired at the above sale).

    The present work was executed in 1935, a key year for Donghi in which he participated in the second Quadriennale di Roma. Established in 1931 and held every four years at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, the event showed the best examples of Roman contemporary art. Donghi's twenty-two exhibited works were in the company of paintings by leading artists such as Gino Severini, Carlo Carrà, Fausto Pirandello and Ottone Rosai.

    Antonio Donghi was a key member of the so-called Scuola Romana, a loose grouping of artists referred to as the Scuola di Via Cavour, because it was in a studio on that street where the group usually met. From 1927 the artist added a new element to his hitherto limited repertoire of subjects – a simple vase sitting on a table at the centre of his composition. The present lot is typical of this period, where the commonplace subject allows Donghi to focus on the simple and enigmatic beauty of the geometric volume.
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