Saturday, August 29, 2009

Morandi Watercolours

Above, a few uncanny samples from a nicely done and inexpensive new book: Giorgio Morandi : Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings, Etchings. Munich : Prestel, 2008.

Giorgio Morandi was born on 20 July 1890 in Bologna, Italy, as the eldest son of Andrea Morandi and Maria Maccaferri. His brother Giuseppe, who was two years younger, died in 1903, and Giorgio lived together with his sisters, Anna (1895-1989), Dina (1900-1977) and Maria Teresa (1906-1994), all his life. The house where he was born in Via delle Lame 57 no longer exists. However, the new house built on the site has had a commemorative plaque on the facade since 1966. After his father's death in 1910 Morandi moved to a flat in Via Fondazza 36 with his mother and sisters, where he lived for more than 50 years, until his death on 18 July 1964.