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Sale 2500 Lot 612
Natura Morta con Cinque Oggetti.
Etching, 1956. 140x190 mm; 5 1/4x7 1/2 inches, full margins. Third state (of 4). Signed and numbered 85/150 in pencil, lower margin. A superb, richly-inked impression of this scarce etching.
The primary focus of Morandi's (1890-1964) oeuvre is simple, muted still lives. He taught himself the basics of printmaking in the early 1910s after admiring the work of Old Masters such as Rembrandt van Rijn and Francisco José de Goya. His etchings reflect his unique practice of hatching and cross-hatching to build form and volume, avoiding descriptive outlines. This, paired with the areas of bianco assoluto, or "absolute white," that he left in his etchings, created atmospheric, contemporaneous still lives. He taught etching at the Accademia de Belle Arti, Bologna from 1930-56, and in his lifetime he completed some 1350 oil paintings and 133 etchings. Vitali 116.
Estimate $30,000 - 50,000Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $47,500