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Giorgio Morandi

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Still Life with Clockcase (Natura morta con portaorologio), 1915
Oil on canvas, 74.5 x 53 cm
Gianni Mattioli Collection
Long-term loan to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
© Giorgio Morandi, by SIAE 2008


Giorgio Morandi was fully aware of Cubism by 1915. This combination of objects—a clock, two boxes, one on top of each other and a large jug—occur frequently in Morandi’s still lifes of this period. The circular clock face, its mount and its pedestal are seen from behind and cast a scalloped shadow on the light plane in front of them. The two boxes are in the foreground, while the jug, with its high neck and generous lip, is tucked behind. Despite its Cubist character, this painting maintains a firm and comprehensible spatial arrangement, with the table top and background clearly distinguished by a horizontal line. Morandi has, to an unusual degree, crammed his objects into a single complex form. Soon after he would break them apart and set them in a row before him.

credits: Hangar Design Group