In October a Facebook friend, Isreal Hershberg, posted an album of photos of Morandi’s studio in Bologna, Italy. The house in Via Fondazza 36, in which Giorgio Morandi lived and worked from 1910 to 1964, opened to the public October 17, 2009.
Morandi lived with his three unmarried sisters in a dingy apartment in the northern Italian town. He was unmarried and a loner, perhaps even suffering from agoraphobia. His bedroom was his studio. In this hermetic world, each painting took up to two months to complete. He did not stray from this subject matter.
Artist’s studios reveal a lot about the artist. What colors they live with, what they read, what materials they use and how they organize their space. In Morand’s case, it is remarkable to me that the color in the studio is so close to the color that he used in his paintings.
This quote describes Morandi’s work better than I could:
“Morandi’s unwavering commitment to a particular subject matter, often repeatedly depicting even the same stark objects, caused derision from his critics who interpreted his art as old-fashioned, vernacular “genre painting” unconcerned with content and modern ideals. However, though his art may seem reductive and simplistic initially, it is precisely those narrow boundaries established through his focus on one theme that allowed for a thorough exploration of formal concerns and relationships of form, space, and light. His works are eloquent statements about perception and the process of seeing.” [Paul Thiebaud Gallery press release]
Even in this space, one feels the care of placement and the consideration of the relationship of one object to another.
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