Giorgio Morandi

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Giorgio Morandi in his studio. © Magnum

“I believe there is nothing more surreal and more abstract than reality. »
Giorgio Morandi

The absolute stillness and tranquility that emanate from Giorgio Morandi’s work is known by most as a representation of the self-imposed solitude in which the artist confined himself at various times throughout his long career.

 

« Morandi was constantly looking for concentration and silence, and therefore also solitude of course, but this for him was a point of arrival, which he craved all his life. One of his most frequently used sentences, found very often in his letters, is « I just need some quiet ». But he travelled, he was always around, mainly between Rome, Milan, Florence and Venice. He knew a lot of people, he was not an isolated man at all, he was a shy man. Only in his studio he isolated himself, if we really want to use this word, but he was not cut off from the world. He was actually a very ironic man, he followed politics and he had lots of connections. »

 

Marilena Pasquali, Centre for Giorgio Morandi Studies, Bologna, on Morandi, June 2020
Exclusive conversation with Marilena Pasquali, Founder and President of Centro Studi Giorgio Morandi, Bologna.
« We know that everything we see in the objective world does not really exist as we see and perceive it. For me there is nothing abstract. Moreover, I believe there is nothing more surreal and more abstract than reality. »
Giorgio Morandi
E. Roditi, Giorgio Morandi, in Dialogues on Art, London, 1960, pp.49-64
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Giorgio Morandi’s studio

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