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Still Life of Bottles and Pitcher

1946
Giorgio Morandi (Italian, 1890–1964)


Dimensions

25.1 x 45.1 cm (9 7/8 x 17 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

61.662

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View

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Europe

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Morandi’s still lifes are essays in economy. Small vessels, thoughtfully arranged, appear to us at once as real objects, caressed by light and enveloped in space, as geometric forms in elegant proportion, and as strokes of paint, a veil of muted color through which we can make out his pale preparation layer, the weave of his canvas. Like Picasso, Morandi admired Cézanne, populating his pictures with homely household objects and struggling to see them anew. He painted variations on this particular arrangement three times in 1946, each one a triumph of simplicity.

Inscription

Lower center: Morandi

Provenance

1946, with Pietro Rollino, Rome [see note 1]. 1959, with Galleria dell'Annunciata, Milan. 1961, Galleria Lorenzelli, Milan; sold by Lorenzelli to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 20, 1961) NOTES: [1] According to notes in the MFA curatorial file.

Credit Line

Tompkins Collection—Arthur Gordon Tompkins Fund

Copyright

© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome.