Giorgio Morandi

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Giorgio Morandi was born in Bologna, Italy on July 20th, 1890; to Andrea and Maria Maccaferri. Out of five children, he was the eldest. In 1906, he enrolled at the Accademia di Belle Arti and his natural artistic gifts were quickly discovered by the Morandi family. On the 14th of October 1907, the seventeen-year-old Giorgio enrolled in a preparatory course at the Accademia and he finished it with flying colours.Due to his special talents, he was admitted to the second year of the foundation course the following October. The Accademia awarded him with honors a diploma in October 1913 due to his excellent academic record. Morandi lived in Bologna throughout his life, except for a couple of short stays during World War II in ,a near by village called Grizzana . Morandi was 28 at the end of the First World War (1914 -1918) and 55 when the Second World War (1939 -1945) ended. After a year-long illness, Giorgio Morandi died in Bologna on June 18th ,1964.

His artistic influences ranged from Cézanne to Henry Rousseau and from Picasso to André Derain . However, early on he was influenced by the work of French Post-Impressionist painter Cézanne, cubism (20th century avant-garde art movement) , and futurism (early 20th century artistic and social movement) and this caused Morandi to develop a very unique, independent style. His number one influence come from Paul Cézanne whose emphasis on form and flat areas of colour intrigued Morandi to follow Cézanne's footsteps all through out his career. Morandi concentrated mainly on still lives and landscapes, except for a couple of self-portraits.

Morandi didn't follow any particular art style, instead he develop over time his own unique one. Most of the time, his variations were gradual and subtle at the top however obvious and easily seen at the bottom. This is like having an olive branch in the midst of a modern painting. He had a great sensitivity to tone, color, and compositional balance. In his still...
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