Giorgio Morandi, Bologna 1890 - 1964 Bologna
Still Life, 1953
ProvenancePrivate collection, Milan;
Il Ponte, Milan (December 10, 2019; lot 49);
Efrem Tavoni and Maria Teresa Morandi, Morandi disegni: catalogo generale, Milan, 1994, p. 121, no. 1953.4, illustrated.
Morandi’s works have an extraordinarily broad appeal owing to their combination of abstract concision and exquisite naturalism. Morandi himself perceived no contradiction between these two qualities, and consistently maintained that “nothing is…more abstract than reality.” The archetypal “painter’s painter,” he endlessly reworked a narrow range of subject matter, in particular, still lifes, landscapes and flower studies, throughout his career.
In his extensive graphic work Morandi devoted himself mainly to the still life and achieved a high degree of intensive effect with economical means, especially in his drawings. Like Cézanne, Morandi explored the illusion of vision by depicting three-dimensional objects so that they seem to be apparitions. The boxes, jars, and vase seen here were drawn as flat shapes that seem light and ephemeral, arranged in an irregular configuration and tightly compacted so as to layer, abut, and obfuscate the shapes of adjacent forms.
This work is accompanied by a photo-certificate issued by the Comitato per il Catalogo di Giorgio Morandi, Bologna, dated 12/04/2013