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Natura morta con bottiglia e brocca



Giorgio Morandi


20 Jul 1890 – 18 Jun 1964

  • Details

    Other Title
    Still life with bottles and jug
    Media category
    Materials used
    first state of two
    15.4 x 12.5 cm platemark; 27.2 x 22.3 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l. sheet, pencil “Morandi”. Dated l.r. sheet, pencil “1915”.

    Morandi Purchase Fund 2021
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Giorgio Morandi/SIAE. Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Giorgio Morandi

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  • About

    Morandi is as well known as a master printmaker as he is as a sublime painter. A self-taught printmaker, he began to produced etchings in 1912 while studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna and went on to create around 130 prints over his almost 50 year career. Only 5 prints survive from the period 1912-20.

    'Natura morta con bottiglia e brocca' 1915 is one of the first created, no 3 in Vitali’s 'L'opera grafica di Giorgio Morandi' chronological catalogue raisonné and was produced in 2 states. The Gallery’s impression is from state 1. Only a few impressions from state 1 were printed, all signed and dated but unnumbered. State 2 is distinguishable by the number II in the upper left corner.

    This rare etching shows early influences of Cubism and Futurism, with the use of bold and rhythmic vertical lines, and movement created by the undulating heights of the bottles and jug and Morandi’s skilful use of crosshatching, which complicates the relationship between figure and ground. Paintings of the same period in the collections of Centre Pompidou, Augusto and Francesca Giovanardi, Milan and the Ganni Mattioli Collection also echo these influences and feature the same bottles and jug used in 'Natura morta con bottiglia e brocca'.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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