Monday, October 9, 2017

Morandi in Rome

Bill and I visited the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome today. A stunning museum full of treasures -- long post coming soon.
We noticed eight works by Giorgio Morandi scattered through the museum and they seemed to form a small post all their own. We had never before seen any Morandi work like this small painting of Bathers (Bagnanti) from 1915.
 And we had certainly never seen this small still life -- from 1918. This comes from Morandi's short Metaphysical period. Would be fun to see more work from this period.
 Paese 1936. Bill and I love Morandi's landscapes.
Morandi is best known for still life paintings. Here is a superb example from 1946.
We found four final masterpieces in the Sala via Gransci on the small second floor of the gallery. This is Fiori (Flowers) c.1943-49. Morandi (born in 1890) was 59 when he finished this work.
 Natura morta (Still life) 1946
Vaso con fiori (Vase of flowers) c.1946-48 
And finally, Bottiglie (Bottles) c.1957-59. It looks so simple but is the cumulation of decades of looking and painting. More to come soon from the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea.


  1. It is definitely time for me to revisit Rome!

  2. We think any time is the right time to revisit Rome, Jackie. Off tonight to a cocktail party to celebrate the opening of RAW (Rome Art Week) at the Angelica Library and thence to a Block Party on Via Margutta!