Giorgio Morandi in his studio. © Magnum
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. »
Giorgio Morandi’s studio