was born in Bologna
in 1890 and died in 1964.
He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna from 1907 to 1913. His
ideal inspiration was Paul Cézanne and was also the starting point for
the formation of a new formal culture, participant of the most advanced
contemporary artistic researches with the coherent consequence of the
passage in 1914-15 to the formal starting point of cubism.
Morandi’s adhesion to metaphysical painting (1918-20) did not in any way
detract from the purism and essentiality of his vision. At the beginning
of 1920 the artist pursued the deepening and maturation of his personal
style, first with dense colours and brief strokes, then with a delicate
chromatic pattern, as can be seen in the still life works that he
painted toward the end of the ‘twenties.
Preference for still
Based on a reality restricted to a few objects of daily use (bottles,
jars, jugs, oil-lamps and coffee pots) the artist defined his whole
poetic world that constantly accompanied his coherent pictorial
Besides still life paintings of objects, Morandi favoured landscapes. In
parallel with his pictorial experience the artist developed the art of
engraving which he had begun in 1911-12.