This painting by Donghi was shown for the first time at the 2nd Rome Quadriennale of National Art in 1935 entitled La partenza, along with another twenty-one canvases. The title Gli amanti alla stazione appeared for the first time in a letter Donghi sent to Ugo Ojetti in 1934: “Mr. Ojetti, please find enclosed photos of a group of paintings; only the two most recent are missing because I have not yet varnished them: Gli amanti alla stazione and a bather drying himself nearby under a tree. I’m currently preparing a very complicated painting that recalls a theatre where a woman is singing with three members of the orchestra below her [song]. This year I need to produce a great many things and I will take every measure possible to ensure I do so well.”
Maurizio Fagiolo dell’Arco, Valerio Rivosecchi, Antonio Donghi. Vita e opere, Umberto Allemandi & C., Torino 1990, page 202, cat. 91; Bruno Mantura, Valerio Rivosecchi (editor), Antonio Donghi, 1897-1963, De Luca, Roma, 1993, exhibition catalogue (Spoleto, Palazzo Racani Arroni, June 30 - September 5, 1993, Roma, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, September 22 – November 7, 1993), page 118, cat. 39.