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Giorgio Morandi
1890 - 1964
PAESAGGIO (LANDSCAPE) 
Signed Morandi and dated 1943 (on the reverse)
Oil on canvas
12 by 20 3/4 in.
30.4 by 52.8 cm
Painted in 1943.


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Provenance

John J. Mayers, Bronxville, New York (acquired by 1957)
Galleria Falsetti, Prato
Galleria Gissi, Turin
N. Mobilio, Florence
Private Collection, Milan
Acquired before 1990 by the present owner

Exhibited

New York, World House Galleries, Giorgio Morandi, Retrospective 1912-1957, 1957, no. 2
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Centro d'Arte Dolomiti, Omaggio a Giorgio Morandi, 1969-70, n.n., illustrated in the catalogue

Literature

Lamberto Vitali, Morandi, Dipinti, Catalogo generale, vol. I, Milan, 1983, no. 468, illustrated n.p.

Catalogue Note

Known primarily as a painter of still lifes, Giorgio Morandi also held a strong affinity for landscape painting, a genre he explored frequently throughout his career. He generally depicted the countryside around Bologna, specifically around Grizzana, a small town where he spent his summers and to which he retreated during World War II. The present work was painted in 1943 and is a perfectly executed example of the artist’s supreme faithfulness to light, shadow and his characteristically monochrome palette, all of which contribute to a prevailing sense of tranquility. Compositionally similar to many of his still lifes, Paesaggio explores the spatial relationship between two central structures and the surrounding foliage, foreground and hazy distance. In both landscape and still life, Morandi was consistently guided by his concern to bring together space, light, color and form, and his great achievement was reconciling traditional genres with the abstracted aesthetic of his own time.

Morandi was arguably the most successful Italian painter of his generation and, like other painters of the period, he viewed the Italian Renaissance Art with fresh eyes, simultaneously conscious of the legacy of tradition as well as the regional and rustic aspects of his cultural heritage. Morandi's unique aesthetic is also indebted to the legacy of Paul Cézanne, whose individual way of seeing encouraged Morandi to discover the simple geometric solidity of everyday objects and spaces. By pursuing an aesthetic beyond the limitations of place and time, Morandi became heir to a "classical" purist tradition of Italian painting. 

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