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Title:
Giorgio Morandi : paintings, watercolours, drawings, etchings
Author:
Morandi, Giorgio, 1890-1964.
Publication Information:
Munich ; New York : Prestel, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
167 pages, 1 unnumbered page : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9783791320861
Format :
Book

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Morandi stood aloof from the intellectual turmoil and aesthetic experiments of the 20th century. While other artists moved to Paris, Morandi rarely left his native Bologna. For his needs, a limited number of simple, everyday objects were sufficient. His initial fascination for Impressionism, Cezanne's still lifes and landscapes, and Cubism, melted into a poetic world of his own.


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This collection of four short essays by German scholars, a translation from the German, weaves biographical details of Morandi's life and artistic development with a sensitive reading of his quiet, meditative work. Although there will be no surprises in the essays given the European attention to Morandi's work in catalogues raisonnes, English-speaking readers will appreciate the opportunities in the essays to connect Morandi's well-known mature work to his early explorations of cubism, pittura metafisica, and the work of Cezanne. The superb color illustrations allow close reading of the images, detailing the weave of the canvas under the lightly applied yet luscious pigment of the paintings and the resistance of the pencil to the paper's texture of the drawings. The book also contains a thumbnail chronology of Morandi's life with a number of documentary photographs and a useful selective bibliography. General readers; undergraduates; professionals. J. T. Paoletti; Wesleyan University