1945/55, Giorgio Morandi
Oil on canvas
30.3 x 45 cm
Giorgio Morandi remained true to his hometown of Bologna throughout the course of his life. It was here that he attended the academy of arts, at which he would later also teach. He was always well informed about current artistic trends, including Futurism and Pittura Metafisica. He was profoundly influenced by Renoir and Cézanne. This painting from the Rau Collection for UNICEF is one of the 800 still lifes that Morandi painted between 1940 and his death. The subjects always consist of perfectly ordinary objects in his own possession: bottles, cans and glasses intended for everyday use. The clarity of his compositions and their simple, meditative peacefulness dominate these paintings.
Giorgio Morandi was born in Bologna in 1890 and died there in 1964.