“There is something grandiose about, for instance, a still life by Cézanne or a riverbank landscape by Monet. Even with such simple subject, a great painter can achieve a visual majesty and emotional intensity to which we respond immediately” (Giorgio Morandi, 1960).
These few words sum up the poetics of the Bologna-born artist Morandi, who went from a passion for Cézanne to one for Chardin, with an innate sense for the artistic poetics of his time. His paintings reflect the intimacy and emotions of his observations from life, and much like a poem, they can be very moving. One of the greatest Italian painters of the 20th century, Morandi hardly ever left the Bologna area, where he divided his time between the city and the village of Grizzana in the nearby Apennines.