- Natura morta
- Signed Morandi (lower center)
- Oil on canvas
Galleria Narciso, Turin
Buchholz Gallery (Curt Valentin), New York
Mrs. Oveta Culp Hobby
Acquired by descent from the above
In Natura morta, the ensemble of ceramic objects is rendered in subtle tonal variations lending them a dream-like quality, and their material presence is transformed into a composition of pure color and form. Morandi's mastery was in rendering these common objects with a timeless grace unique to his oeuvre. The sense of classical beauty and harmony in the present work is derived not only from the subtlety of palette, ranging from cool stone white and grey to lemon yellow and rose, but also from the elegant shapes of the objects themselves, reminiscent of scattered antique ruins bathed in the summer light.