Giorgio Morandi

Natura Morta [Still Life] (1962)

About this artwork

In Morandi's still-life paintings, the artist used the same objects repeatedly; the subject was secondary to the manner of representation. After 1950 his style became increasingly abstract. In this painting, the objects are grouped together in the centre of the composition, as if in self-protection, and are painted with a nervous, quivering line. Morandi is dealing primarily with shape, space and colour, and seems to avoid all hint of symbolism or narrative. However, his choice of subject matter and manner of presentation suggest qualities of modesty, reflection and silence.

Giorgio Morandi

Giorgio Morandi

Morandi was born in Bologna, where he studied and lived for most of his life. He was briefly involved with the futurist group and, around 1918 painted in a 'metaphysical' style, placing apparently unconnected objects together in enigmatic arrangements. Morandi abandoned the contrived oddity of these works for still lifes featuring simple, ordinary objects, like bottles, jugs and pots. His subject matter and approach hardly changed from the early 1920s until his death. Morandi employed a narrow spectrum of colours - mainly browns, greens, greys and yellows and was influenced in style by the work of Cézanne.