Signature: Hand signed, dated and numbered. Edition of 50 prints.
L. Vitali, The graphic work of Giorgio Morandi, n. 110
“…For Morandi, an etching was not just a picture on a metal plate, half way between a hastily jotted note and a brilliant aside, and with all the appearance of having been improvised. For him, etchings were things that could not have been produced any other way, things that you thought about deeply, sought after and pondered. Adventure didn’t come into it, nor did hoping for the best, with the help of chance and the unpredictable effects of acid […] Morandi’s engravings stem from a profound meditation on his subjects, maturing in his mind long before he started etching.” (Lamberto Vitali, L’opera grafica di Giorgio Morandi (Giorgio Morandi’s graphic works, Einaudi, Turin 1957).
About Giorgio Morandi
Painter and printmaker Giorgio Morandi established his eminent reputation on subtle, tonal still lifes of everyday household objects. Deliberately painting the unremarkable, such as bottles, nondescript vases, and small pots, Morandi centered his practice on intense concentration and compositional balance. “I am essentially a painter of the kind of still life composition that communicates a sense of tranquility and privacy, moods which I have always valued above all else,” he once said. Before defining his signature style, Morandi drew heavily from Carlo Carrà and Pittura Metafisica.
Italian, 1890-1964, Bologna, Italy