The Met has a special exhibition dedicated to Giorgio Morandi (1890 – 1964), an Italian painter who specialized in still life. Upon learning of my trip to NYC,  my artist friend Nancy Plum recommended that I take a look. She added that Morandi, not terribly well-known in the US, is a ‘painter’s painter’.

Upon entering the exhibition, my attention was captivated by two Natura Morta, both painted in  1918. This picture, copied from the web, has a reasonably faithful likeness:

Here is the one that I liked even better because of its sense of optical illusion. Its actual coloration is the same as in the still life above.  Unfortunately, the copy available on the web possesses a garish yellow that I was able to reduce somewhat, using AP. At the MET, one is not allowed to take a snapshot in a  special exhibition.

The sharpness, fine shadings and elegance and some sense of optical illusion in these two paintings is fascinating.

Other paintings in this exhibition are the type of still life for which Morandi is better known. Here are some of them, chronologically arranged – 1941, 1949, 1956, 1961, 1964:

Perusing these later, more popular still lifes now on the web,  I am beginning to appreciate them better, largely for their interesting color schemes.

In the interval between the startling change in Morandi’s still lifes from 1918 to 1941, he painted landscapes such as the two Paesaggios from 1935 and 1942:

Any comments?