Morandi

Morandi

[maw-rahn-dee]
Morandi, Giorgio, 1890-1964, Italian painter and etcher, b. Bologna. He studied at that city's Fine Arts Academy (grad. 1913) and from 1930 to 1954 was a professor there. Influenced early by Cézanne, cubism, and futurism and subsequently associated with the pittura metafisica (1918-20) of Chirico, he developed an independent style. In his restrained and introspective still lifes of exactingly arranged bottles, vases, and jars painted with a muted and limited tonal range and an absence of perspective, Morandi created an art of quiet eloquence and absolute modernity. While best known for these works, he also executed numerous floral studies and landscapes. His work is revered in Italy for its poetic qualities.

See biography by J. Abramowicz (2005); study ed. by M. C. Bandera and R. Miracco (2008).

(born July 20, 1890, Bologna, Italy—died June 18, 1964, Bologna) Italian painter and etcher. He first exhibited his paintings with the Futurists and was closely associated with the Metaphysical painters, but he is identified with neither school. He repeatedly returned to the subject matter of simple, geometric still lifes of bottles, jars, and boxes; by returning to the same subject matter, he was able to move past content to an exploration of pure form (i.e., line, colour, shape). His contemplative approach gave his landscapes and still lifes a delicacy of tone and subtlety of design. As instructor of etching at Bologna's Academy of Fine Arts (1930–56), he had a profound influence on Italian graphic artists.

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(born July 20, 1890, Bologna, Italy—died June 18, 1964, Bologna) Italian painter and etcher. He first exhibited his paintings with the Futurists and was closely associated with the Metaphysical painters, but he is identified with neither school. He repeatedly returned to the subject matter of simple, geometric still lifes of bottles, jars, and boxes; by returning to the same subject matter, he was able to move past content to an exploration of pure form (i.e., line, colour, shape). His contemplative approach gave his landscapes and still lifes a delicacy of tone and subtlety of design. As instructor of etching at Bologna's Academy of Fine Arts (1930–56), he had a profound influence on Italian graphic artists.

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