Morandi 1890-1964 (MAMbo)
Maria Cristina Bandera, Renato Miracco
Not a new book, but undoubtedly one of the best publications about Giorgio Morandi. Morandi’s greatness lies in the balance between an outlook typical of the Age of Enlightenment and the formal synthesis of Cézanne and modernism. Often remembered as a reserved and reclusive man, inclined toward a “cloistered” lifestyle, Morandi, in reality, was a highly sensitive interpreter of the spirit of his times. Through constant attention to differing artistic and cultural movements, he succeeded in translating the aspirations they embodied into the variants of an unfailingly autonomous approach to painting. This volume provides a complete overview of the major exhibition of masterpieces by Giorgio Morandi at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museo d’Arte Moderna in Bologna (MAMBO). Over one hundred paintings, watercolors, drawings, and etchings illustrate the artist’s entire creative and poetic course from the landscapes and still lifes of 1913–1914 to his final works of 1963–1964. Particular attention is focused on the masterpieces of the 1920s and 1930s, in which Morandi perfected his extraordinary approach to image making through in-depth investigation of the world and of human existence as filtered through the metaphor of the still life.