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399
Giorgio Morandi
FIORI (FLOWERS)
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 524,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
399
Giorgio Morandi
FIORI (FLOWERS)
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 524,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Giorgio Morandi
1890 - 1964
FIORI (FLOWERS)
Signed Morandi (lower right)
Oil on canvas
10 by 12 in.
25.4 by 30.5 cm
Painted in 1962.
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Provenance

José Luis & Beatriz Plaza, Caracas (acquired from the artist in 1963 and sold: Sotheby's, London, December 9, 1997, lot 325)
Private Collection, United States (acquired at the above sale and sold: Sotheby's, New York, May 4, 2005, lot 248)
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Caracas, Fundación Mendoza, Omaggio a Giorgio Morandi, 1965, no. 26, illustrated in the catalogue
Caracas, Fundación Mendoza, Giorgio Morandi, Un Homenaje, 1986, no. 29
Caracas, Fundación Mendoza, Homenaje a José Luis Plaza, 1991, no. 23

Literature

Lamberto Vitali, Morandi Dipinti, Catalogo generale, 1948/64, vol. II, 1977, Milan, no. 1259, illustrated n.p.

Catalogue Note

The still life remained central to Morandi’s output throughout his career, guided by his concern to bring together space, light, color and form, reconciling a traditional genre with the abstract aesthetic of his own time. Focusing his artistic efforts on a limited range of subjects, Morandi was able to pursue these pictorial concerns to their purest expression.

Painted in 1962, the present example depicts a single vase containing a floral bouquet. The simplicity of the scene contrasts the artist's earlier works, which feature multiple wares in a variety of arrangements. The work invites a feeling of tranquility, urging the viewer to contemplate a single object and its surroundings at length.

Like other painters of his generation, Morandi looked to the early Renaissance for inspiration, conscious of this artistic tradition as well as the regional and rustic aspects of his Italian cultural heritage. Additionally vital was the legacy of Paul Cézanne, whose intense focus on an individual way of seeing encouraged Morandi to discover the simple geometric solidity of everyday objects. 

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