Le Tre Case del Campiaro a Grizzana

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Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964), Le Tre Case del Campiaro a Grizzana, etching, 1929; signed in pencil lower right and numbered lower left (27/40), from the edition of 40. References: Vitali 59, first state (of 2), Cordaro 1929.7/1, first state (of 2) [also signed in the plate and inscribed 929]. Printed on ivory wove paper, watermarks PM Fabriano and UMBRIA ITALIA with the Crown. In very good condition, with full margins, 9 7/8 x 11 3/4, the sheet 15 x 20 1/4 inches.

A very fine impression.

Morandi’s landscapes, as Maria Bandera wrote in the Metropolitan Museum catalogue for its 2008 exhibit of Morandi’s work, “are severe, devoid of naturalism, absolute, and decisively structured. They combine incomparable pictorial qualities: carefully identified natural data, synthetism derived from a meditation on Cezanne, ever-exploratory mental formulation, singleness of purpose….”

Le Tre Case is a wonderful example of Morandi’s use of hatching and cross-hatching to create a system of varying densities and shading.

Morandi’s did not view printmaking as merely a supplemental activity to painting:  etching played a significant part in his artistic practice from early in his career. He was particularly inspired by the master of the medium: Rembrandt. Although entirely self-taught as a printmaker, Morandi held the Chair in Printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna from 1930 until 1956.