35.4 x 40.9cm stretcher; 61.5 x 67.0 x 5.0cm frame
A reticent and quiet man who eschewed the successive fashions of European modernism, Morandi devoted his artistic career to the unhurried contemplation of the objects and landscapes of his native Bologna. The objects he painted and drew were invariably prosaic. Morandi gathered them together into intimate clusters. An unerring judge of proportion, he imbued these compositions with an extraordinary sense of unity, realising the lyric possibilities of his objects through subtle intervals of colour, tone and space. The familiar forms of jars and pots are simplified, yet their essential qualities seem to be heightened. In this way Morandi suggests an abstract monumentality: a characteristic associated with metaphysical painting. The classic composure of Morandi's work depends on a technique that leaves nothing to chance or improvisation.
Art Gallery Handbook, 1999.
Galleria della Scudo (Italy), Verona/Italy, Purchased by the AGNSW from Galleria della Scudo 1997
Addison Ltd. (Monaco), Monaco
Galleria della Scudo (Italy), Verona/Italy, Acquired from Verrando in the mid 1980s.
Giovanni Battista Verrando (Italy), Verona/Italy, After Cesare Tosi died the painting passed through many collections ending up in the collection of Giovanni Battista Verrando by 1983. Listed in Vitali, no.1050, as collection Giovanni Battista Verrando
Galleria Lorenzelli (Italy), Milan/Italy, label verso, Galleria Lorenzelli Milano / Mostra Maggini Morandi / Dicembre 1962
Cesare Tosi (Italy), Milan/Italy, Sold to Cesare Tosi in the late 1950s
Galleria Odyssia, Rome (Italy), Rome/Italy
N Mobilio (Italy), Florence/Italy
Galleria Falsetti (Italy), Prato/Italy
Gino Ghiringhelli (Italy), Milan/Italy, Owner of the Galleria del Milione in Milan, Ghiringhelli acquired the painting directly from Morandi.
'How is it there? An open letter to Marisa' by John Berger, pg. 15-20., Art Monthly Australia Sep 2000, Sep 2000, 19 (illus.).
Margaret Olley (Australia, b.1923, d.2011) (Author), Barry Humphries (Australia, b.1934) (Author), Deborah Hart (South Africa; United Kingdom; Australia, b.1959) (Director), Christine France (Australia) (Co-ordinator), Favourites: Margaret Olley and Barry Humphries choose from public and private collections, Sydney, 2000. Catalogue entry appears in inserted list to printed catalogue
Bruce James (Australia) (Author), Edmund Capon (England; Australia, b.1940) (Director), Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, Domain, 1999, 67 (colour illus.).
'The Timelessness of Giorgio Morandi - 'Still Life' (1957)', pg. 13., Look Apr 1998, Apr 1998, 13 (colour illus.).
'Director's Statement' by Edmund Capon, pg. 7-8., Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 1998 1998, 1998, 7 (colour illus.).
Lou Klepac (Australia; Croatia, b.1936) (Curator), The Beagle Press (Australia) (Assistant Editor), Giorgio Morandi: The dimension of inner space, Domain, 1997, 58 (colour illus.). plate no. 28
Giorgio Morandi the master of 20th century Italian painting 1997, 1997, back cover (colour illus.).
Lamberto Vitali (Italy) (Author), Morandi: catalogo generale, Milan, 1983, (illus.). cat.no. 1050, collection Giovanni Battista Verrando
Morandi, Galleria Lorenzelli, Dec 1962–Dec 1962.
Omaggio a Giorgio Morandi, Centro d'Arte Dolomiti, 24 Dec 1969–10 Jan 1970.
Giorgio Morandi: The dimension of inner space, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 09 May 1997–13 Jul 1997.
Favourites: Margaret Olley and Barry Humphries choose from Australian collections (2000), S.H. Ervin Gallery, 15 Jan 2000–27 Feb 2000.
Less is more: Giorgio Morandi and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, 05 Mar 2011–08 May 2011.