Natura Morta, 1961
Signed lower center
Oil on canvas
25 x 30 cm
9 7/8 x 11 3/4 in
Galleria Il Milione, Milan
Collezione Mazzotta, Milan
Collezione Pennacchini, Rome
Private collection, Milan
Lamberto Vitali, Giorgio Morandi, catalogo generale, dipinti, Milan, 1977, vol. II, no. 1233
St. Moritz, Robilant+Voena, Calder, Fontana, Morandi, 9 February - 9 March 2019
L. Vitali "Giorgio Morandi. Catalogo Generale" Vol. II, Milan, Electa, 1977 (II ed. ampliata,
1983),n. 1233 ill.
In this particular painting, produced in his last years, Morandi achieves the apex of simplification in both colour and composition. The objects are grouped in the centre of the canvas in almost perfect symmetry. The thin impasto, typical of the later production, brings the brushwork to the fore. Morandi often emphasises the abstract qualities of his compositions and plays with the viewer’s response. Here, for example, the perceived flatness of the pools of colour contrasts with the implied three-dimensionality of the still life and therefore challenges the viewer’s perception.
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