The Fist is currently on view at the Weinstein Gallery in Union Square as part of a Donati retrospective until it makes its final home at the De Young. The Milan-born Donati appeared on the art scene with his imaginative works at just the right time and caught the eye of Surrealist founder, Andre Breton, who took the young artist under his wing and introduced him to the likes of Marcel Duchamp and Max Ernst. While the Surrealist movement died a few years later, Donati’s career took off through these connections and he continued in the veins of Constructivism and Abstract Expressionism throughout much of his life.

Image: , Bronze and glass, 1946

SFist Shelley, contributing