Known as the "painter of the everyday," Morandi (1890–1964), was born in Bologna, where he lived a quiet life with his mother and sisters. Early on he absorbed the lessons of his forebears—Giotto, Masaccio, Piero, and other Italian Renaissance masters—but also met such practitioners of modernity as de Chirico and the futurists Boccioni and Carrà. Like the city of Rome itself, where massive, ancient ruins rest cheek by jowl with apartment buildings, Morandi's small still lifes are simultaneously monumental and intimate. In a 9 x 14 canvas from 1948, the table edge is as indistinct as a distant horizon of sky and sea until a woozy shadow from a flower arrangement interrupts the haze. An even smaller work features a white vase and a sienna cup, each with dark, diagonal stripes; like elegant, formal dancers, they seem to pirouette and ever so gently kiss.... More >>>