Born in Bologna, Giorgio Morandi studied and then taught at its Academy of Fine Arts, remaining in his birthplace all his life. The works of Cézanne, Giotto, Masaccio, and Piero della Francesca, as well as the city of Rome itself (the scene of a few early trips), were decisive influences. He deliberately restricted travel and subject matter, perfecting his style in solitude. Still life and landscape were his favored themes, with few figural works. A painter’s painter and printmaker’s printmaker, Morandi was once considered provincial, but toward the end of his life, some critics believed him to be one of the greatest living artists.
Born in Bologna, Morandi studied and then taught at the local Academy of Fine Arts, remaining in his birthplace all his life. He deliberately restricted his subject matter and traveled little, perfecting his style in solitude. Still-life and, to a lesser degree, landscape were his subjects. This still-life, from the peak of Morandi’s career, demonstrates the subtle compositions and coloration of his best works. Taking utensils arranged in varying, concentrated groupings as motifs, he explored increasingly lighter, more neutral colors and the shadows conveying the plasticity of the vessels. His meditation on color and form—the elements of painting—and on making the objects "present" is nearly religious in intensity and purpose.
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