(with) Frankfurter Kunstverein Steinernes Haus, Frankfurt
Private collection, United Kingdom
From 1907 to 1913 he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna [Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna]. At the Accademia, which based its traditions on 14th-century painting, Morandi taught himself to etch by studying books on Rembrandt. He was excellent at his studies, although his professors disapproved of the changes in his style during his final two years at the Accademia.
Morandi was influenced by Cezanne, Derain and Picasso.
In 1915, he joined the army but suffered a breakdown and was indefinitely discharged. During the war, Morandi’s still lifes became more reduced in their compositional elements and purer in form, revealing his admiration for both Cézanne and the Douanier Rousseau.
The Metaphysical painting (Pittura Metafisica) phase in Morandi’s work lasted from 1918 to 1922. This was to be his last major stylistic shift; thereafter, he focused increasingly on subtle gradations of hue, tone, and objects arranged in a unifying atmospheric haze, establishing the direction his art was to take for the rest of his life.
Quiet and polite, both in his private and public life, Morandi was much talked about in Bologna for his enigmatic yet very optimistic personality. Morandi lived on Via Fondazza, in Bologna, with his three sisters Anna, Dina and Maria Teresa. Morandi died of lung cancer on June 18, 1964.
Although Morandi was not greatly concerned with exhibitions during his own lifetime, his works have been displayed in the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo) and in many other cities after his death.