Giorgio Morandi
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Giorgio Morandi

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Giorgio Morandi's visual lexicon consisted of the most minimal of props—bottles, vases, pitchers, boxes—but from these humble forms he extrapolated a marvelous and decidedly modern metaphysics of objecthood and space. Morandi reinvented the still life for modern times, without ever having directly incorporated modern content into his pictures: "only

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Giorgio Morandi's visual lexicon consisted of the most minimal of props—bottles, vases, pitchers, boxes—but from these humble forms he extrapolated a marvelous and decidedly modern metaphysics of objecthood and space. Morandi reinvented the still life for modern times, without ever having directly incorporated modern content into his pictures: "only we can know that a cup is a cup, that a tree is a tree," he observed, concisely expressing the continued relevance of the still life in the twentieth century. Nothing could be clearer than a Morandi still life, with its mute tones of beige, grays and off-whites, and its glyphic quality of cluster surrounded by spaciousness, and yet few artists have achieved such a singular atmosphere of absolute enigma. In this respect, Morandi is of the school of Vermeer and Chardin, practicing a devotional art of tranquility and privacy—"moods which I have always valued above all else," as he once told an interviewer—finding whole new worlds in simple permutations of ordinary objects. This handsomely produced volume offers a detailed examination of Morandi's paintings, watercolors, drawings and etchings. Alongside the still lives, it presents his landscapes, floral compositions and his well-known self-portrait, as well as various works by contemporary artists for whom Morandi has been a crucial precursor.

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ISBN-13:
9788836622511
Publisher:
Silvana Editoriale
Publication date:
10/31/2012
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
395,032
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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