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Giorgio Morandi: The Art of Silence
     

Giorgio Morandi: The Art of Silence

by Janet Abramowicz, Giorgio Morandi
 

Giorgio Morandi (1890–1964), an Italian painter and printmaker renowned for his simple yet stunning still lifes, is also famous for his legendary reputation as a recluse, an artist who resided in a world bound by the walls of his Bologna studio. Giorgio Morandi: The Art of Silence dispels this myth and is the first and only study in English to cover

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Giorgio Morandi (1890–1964), an Italian painter and printmaker renowned for his simple yet stunning still lifes, is also famous for his legendary reputation as a recluse, an artist who resided in a world bound by the walls of his Bologna studio. Giorgio Morandi: The Art of Silence dispels this myth and is the first and only study in English to cover Morandi’s career in its entirety as well as in the sociopolitical and cultural context of Italian art.

Janet Abramowicz, Morandi’s former teaching assistant, takes the reader through half a century of Italian art history and its most significant movements—Futurism, Pittura Metafisica, Valori Plastici, Strapaese, Novecento—most of which have received scant attention from English-language scholars. Abramowicz shows how Morandi worked in close proximity to mainstream contemporary European art and tells the story of his relationship to the Fascist politics and patrons of his time, illustrating how his connections to this period were muted after the fall of the regime in post–World War II Italy in an effort to establish the artist as apolitical. Morandi was the only Italian modernist to emerge from Fascism unscathed.

An important new addition to scholarship on twentieth-century Italian art history, this book features many rare and previously unpublished images and will fascinate admirers of Morandi and his transcendent work.

Editorial Reviews

New Republic - Jed Perl

"The virtue of Janet Abramowicz's recent book on [Morandi] . . . is that it situates Morandi more fully in his time and his place without in any way detracting from the genuinely, touchingly modest aspects of his life."—Jed Perl, New Republic

Library Journal
Because of his legendary introverted nature and the claustrophobic atmosphere of his still-life paintings, Giorgio Morandi has been portrayed as a solitary and isolated figure in the world of modern art. This myth has, however, been carefully cultivated by the artist and many of his supporters. Abramowicz, an independent scholar specializing in Italian art, examines Morandi's involvement with artistic movements of the 20th century, especially futurism and metaphysical painting. As shown here, his relationship to the political currents of his time was also complex. Though often depicted as apolitical or anti-Fascist, he was in fact involved with Fascist artists' unions and benefited professionally from this association, though he grew disenchanted with the movement and in the postwar era made efforts to appear anti-Fascist. Abramowicz is an intelligent critic of Morandi's art and, as his former assistant and a longtime friend, has in-depth knowledge of the artist's working technique. The reproductions are reasonably representative of Morandi's body of work, though many of the pieces discussed are not reproduced here. All told, this is a fascinating portrait of a complex artist. Recommended for academic and larger public library art collections.-Amy K. Weiss, Univ. of California Lib., Santa Barbara Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300100365
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/08/2005
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.50(h) x (d)

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Janet Abramowicz is an independent scholar specializing in Italian art. For twenty years she was senior lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at Harvard University. A practicing artist, she has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Rockefeller Foundations.

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