description of Natura morta (Still Life) by Giorgio Morandi

This still-life painting, rendered in oil on a nearly square canvas, features five simple objects including a bowl, a jar, and a vase. The colors are soft: natural browns, beiges, and creams; and the composition is subdued and uncomplicated. The objects sit in the middle of the painting, on a brown surface backed by a beige wall. In front, on our left, is a small, fluted white bowl, and behind it is an off-white ceramic jar. On our right is a cream-colored vase with a round base and a tall thin neck. Between the jar and the vase is a brown bundle that might be a box or a package wrapped in brown paper. In front of the bundle, in the middle of the gathered objects, is a crumpled yellow piece of paper. Despite its dull mustard color, it’s the brightest object on the canvas. The discernible brush strokes are soft and gentle, and make the objects appear to quiver on the canvas.

Giorgio Morandi, Natura morta (Still Life), 1952
Giorgio Morandi, Natura morta (Still Life), 1952; oil on canvas, 21 3/8 in. x 23 3/8 in. (54.29 cm x 59.37 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Purchase, by exchange, through the bequest of Elise S. Haas; © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome
Giorgio Morandi, Natura morta (Still Life), 1952

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Natura morta (Still Life)
Artist name
Giorgio Morandi
Date created
1952
Classification
painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
21 3/8 in. x 23 3/8 in. (54.29 cm x 59.37 cm)
Date acquired
2004
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Purchase, by exchange, through the bequest of Elise S. Haas
Copyright
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/2004.233
Artwork status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture Since 1900

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