Still Life (The Blue Vase) (1920) by Giorgio Morandi

Still Life (The Blue Vase) - Giorgio Morandi - 1920

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life (The Blue Vase)
ArtistGiorgio Morandi
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions49.5 x 52 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationKunstsammlung Nordrhein
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About Still Life (The Blue Vase)

Giorgio Morandi’s painting, Still Life (The Blue Vase), created in 1920, is a masterpiece of the Metaphysical art style. The artist was renowned for his unique style that utilized everyday objects like vases, bottles, and jars in still life paintings. In this piece, Morandi painted an arrangement featuring a blue vase alongside several other household objects.

Morandi’s still life paintings are revered for their tonal subtlety which captures seemingly simple subjects with great depth. He employed influences from Cubism and Futurism to create his recognizable style. The Natura Morta 1953 painting showcases a different perspective than what Morandi usually depicted by going against the norm of viewing from above or in front.

Morandi was an obsessively dedicated painter who preferred to grind his own pigments and stretch his canvas before getting down to work on the artwork itself. His unique approach paid off as he arrived at his career-defining style in the mid-1920s after studying various artists ranging from Piero della Francesca to Cézanne. His still life paintings stood out as he transformed this ancient genre that was once humble into a recognizable art form that featured household objects losing their domestic purpose while becoming sculptural objects of fascination.

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