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Still life



Giorgio Morandi


20 Jul 1890 – 18 Jun 1964

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Natura morta
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    35.4 x 40.9 cm stretcher; 61.5 x 67.0 x 5.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed u.r., grey oil "Morandi". Not dated.

    Purchased with assistance from the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 1997
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Giorgio Morandi/SIAE. Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Giorgio Morandi

    Works in the collection


  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 10 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 8 publications

  • Provenance

    Gino Ghiringhelli, Milan/Italy, Owner of the Galleria del Milione in Milan, Ghiringhelli acquired the painting directly from Morandi.

    Galleria Falsetti, Prato/Italy

    N Mobilio, Florence/Italy

    Galleria Odyssia, Rome, Rome/Italy

    Cesare Tosi, Milan/Italy, Sold to Cesare Tosi in the late 1950s

    Galleria Lorenzelli, Milan/Italy, label verso, Galleria Lorenzelli Milano / Mostra Maggini Morandi / Dicembre 1962

    Giovanni Battista Verrando, 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 della Scudo, Verona/Italy, Acquired from Verrando in the mid 1980s.

    Addison Ltd., Monaco

    Galleria della Scudo, Verona/Italy, Purchased by the AGNSW from Galleria della Scudo 1997

Other works by Giorgio Morandi

See all 8 works