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Landscape

Giorgio Morandi

In the Jesi collection, Giorgio Morandi is represented by an extraordinary series of landscapes and still lifes and by a rare Self-Portrait, a sort of anthology of masterpieces that documents the successive stages in the painter’s original line of research. An unusual figure, that of a solitary artist who never left the city of his birth and – with rare exceptions – only knew the work of his contemporaries from books, Morandi pursued over the entire course of his existence a highly personal poetics focused on a few, humble subjects and characterized by intellectual speculation, extreme purity of expression and absolute rigor of form. He kept at a distance from the revolutionary clangor of the avant-gardes and yet was drawn in a wholly personal way by the ideas coming out of Futurism, Metaphysical Art, Valori Plastici and the Novecento currents.

The Wood (1914), The Pink Landscape (1916) and Flowers of the same year belong to the time of his discovery of Cézanne, Henri Rousseau and Cubism. Around 1918, the reproductions published by the Bolognese magazine “La Raccolta” drew Morandi’s attention to the Metaphysical research of de Chirico and Carrà. From the twenties onward, Morandi devoted himself exclusively to investigating the relations between objects, studying the connections between space and volumes and the shifts of light in the landscape.

Download hi-res image TITLE Landscape
AUTHOR Giorgio Morandi
DATE 1916
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Oil on canvas
DIMENSIONS cm 39 × 54
INVENTORY 5085
ROOM X
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