Giorgio Morandi was an Italian painter and printmaker, known for his minimalist still life compositions. Morandi mostly chose bottles, pitchers, cups and other ceramic items as his subject matter. He also produced a number of landscapes and a few self-portraits.
Still Life 1933. Etching
Still Life with five Objects. 1954. Etching
Morandi was a highly productive artist, creating over thirteen hundred paintings and over one hundred and thirty etchings. Like his paintings, Morandi’s etchings are generally still-life compositions. Instead of relying on a muted, monochromatic palette, Morandi would use hatched lines to shade the background and create a range of gray tones.
Still life with Seven Object. 1945. Etching
Houses of Compiaro in Grizzana. 1929. Etching
Still Life with Bread Basket. 1921. Etching
Morandi spent most of his life in Bologna, where he studied at the Accademia di Bella Arti di Bologna. The artist had a strong reputation as an artist in his own city and participated in a number of international exhibitions, including numerous Venice Biennales and the Rome Quadriennale. Morandi’s style set himself apart from other artists of his time, who were predominately focused on Futurism. Morandi’s legacy remains strong as museums and galleries continue to exhibit his paintings and prints. His etchings are arguably every bit as evocative as his paintings.