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  • Natura morta con tazzina e caraffa

    1929

    Etching on zinc

    Plate 23.8 x 29.4 cm

    Edition 37 of 40

     

  • Grande natura morta circolare con bottiglia e tre oggetti
    1946
    Etching on copper
    25.8 x 32.5 cm
    Edition 4 of 65

  • Paesaggio
    1941
    Pencil on paper
    21 x 31 cm

  • Grande natura morta con la lampada a destra

    1928

    Etching on copper

    Edition 69 of 75 + 3 artist's proof

  • Paesaggio

    1961

    Pencil on paper

    17 x 22.8 cm

    Signed lower right

     

Giorgio Morandi was born in Bologna on July 20, 1890. He attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna from 1907 to 1913. In 1909 he encountered the work of Paul Cézanne, an encounter that had a substantial impact on Morandi. Around 1912 he maed first contact with the Futurists. In an event of the Futurists in the Teatro del Corso in Bologna in 1914, he knew Umberto Boccioni and Carlo Carrà. He participated in the “First Free Futurist Exhibition” in the Galleria Sprovieri in Rome the same year.
The artist also closely examined the Cubist style of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, as well as the painting of Henri Rousseau. Around 1918/19 he turned to the “Pittura Metafisica” and took on motifs of Giorgio de Chirico in his paintings. He joined the group “Valori Plastici” in 1922. In 1920, Morandi restricted his choice of subjetcs almost exclusively to still lifes, with the exception of a few landscapes. His palette was composed by gentle and delicate tones, such as an earthen yellow, ochre, gray blue and rose. His contemplative still lifes usually show just a few plain bottles, cups, bowls and jars, which he always arranged anew. The simple object’s plasticity is achieved by the right arrangement of light and dark areas. The objects are more and more reduced to their simple geometric shape as of the late 1930s, when his attention turned to the painting surface.

He also dedicated his extensive graphic oeuvre and drawings to still lifes, which have an equal harmonic and contemplative effect.
From 1914 to 1930 Giorgio Morandi worked as a drawing teacher in Bologna. From 1930 to 1956 he taught graphic art at the Accademia di Belle Arti in his hometown. Giorgio Morandi showed eleven of his works on his own booth at the first documenta in Kassel in 1955. One year later, after he had already retired, the artist went onto his first journey abroad on occasion of a joint exhibition with Gabriele Manzù in Winterthur, which is also where he visited the collection Oskar Reinhart, the Kunsthaus Zurich and the Kunstmuseum in Basel. He was awarded the Grand Prize for Etchings at the fourth Biennale in Sao Paulo in 1957. Despite his artistic success, Giorgio Morandi leaded a rather secluded life in Bologna, spending the summers in the small mountain village of Grizzana.

Giorgio Morandi died in Bologna on June 18, 1964.