Creation from Destruction : Frieze Masters 2020London
Still Life, 1930
ProvenanceGalleria Michaud, Florence;
Galleria La Scaletta, San Polo d’Enza;
Private collection, Pavia.
LiteratureEfrem Tavoni and Maria Teresa Morandi, Morandi disegni: catalogo generale, Milan, 1994, p. 46, no. 1930.5, illustrated.
The present drawing is a brilliant early example of Morandi’s mastery of still life, and his gift for transforming a group of quotidian vessels into a composition that looks timeless. In this work, a rhythm is created from left to right by the gently undulating heights and depths of the bottles, boxes, vases, and jars placed in two rows. Morandi’s delicate pencil lines record the contours of these objects, as well as the negative spaces between them, turning a simple still life into a vehicle for exploring subtle relationships and expressive arrangements of form. Lit from the right-hand side, the object cast shadows which define their contours, as well as their relationships with each other; these, along with the suggestion of their being situated on a tabletop, would gradually disappear from his later graphic works.
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