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Still Life

A work made of graphite on cream wove paper.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome

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  • A work made of graphite on cream wove paper.




Giorgio Morandi
Italian, 1890–1964

About this artwork

Giorgio Morandi was committed to the genre of still life, which was a staple of his art for more than 40 years. He said, “Nothing is more surreal … more abstract than reality.” Like Cézanne, Morandi explored the illusion of vision by depicting three dimensional objects so that they seem to be apparitions. The bowls and teacups seen here were drawn as flat shapes that seem light and ephemeral.


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Prints and Drawings


Giorgio Morandi


Still Life


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1943


Graphite on cream wove paper


Signed and dated recto, lower right, in graphite: "Morandi 1943"; inscribed verso, in pen and brown ink, as part of Gallery stamp: "N. 3203 / 2"


24.7 × 33 cm (9 3/4 × 13 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

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© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome

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