This catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition Giorgio Morandi: Masterpieces from the Magnani-Rocca Foundation, held at the Estorick Collection in 2023.
Best known for his enigmatic still lifes, Morandi is today widely recognised as one of the most significant figures of modern Italian art – and certainly one of the most beloved. Often considered to have been something of a recluse, he was in fact at the centre of contemporary artistic debate and actively engaged with many of the most important national trends and movements of his day, from Futurism to Metaphysical Art. His distinctive mature style is renowned for its masterful treatment of light, exquisite tonal subtleties and exploration of the boundary between abstract and figurative imagery.
This unique and highly personal collection features a number of extremely rare works, including a self portrait, a Metaphysical composition and the only painting Morandi was ever commissioned to create. Several drawings and watercolours – masterpieces of concision – are also featured, in addition to a large number of the artist’s etchings.
The catalogue includes all the works featured in the exhibition as well as essays from Stefano Roffi (Artistic Director, Magnani-Rocca Foundation) and Alice Ensabella (Curator, Magnani-Rocca Foundation), with an introduction from Roberta Cremoncini (Director, Estorick Collection).
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Estorick Foundation (2022)
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