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20 July 1890, Bologna (Italy) - 18 June 1964, Bologna (Italy)

The Italian painter Giorgio Morandi acquired international fame for his still lifes.

Morandi was born on 20 July 1890 in Bologna as the son of a merchant. Aged 16, he started work as an assistant in the office of his father, who paid for him to study at the Accademia di belle arti in his home city of Bologna from 1908 to 1913.

His intense fascination with the work of Paul Cézanne began in 1909, when he was a student. Besides Cézanne, artists like Pablo Picasso became the source of inspiration for his own creative oeuvre. Four years later, he became involved with Italy’s futurists, a group of avant-garde artists who were committed to the cause of founding a new culture. He attended their 1914 event in Teatro del Corso in Bologna, where he became acquainted with Umberto Boccioni and Carlo Carrà. Later on, he contributed to the First Free Futurist Exhibition at Galleria Sprovieri in Rome.

After graduating, Morandi worked as an illustration teacher at adult education centres in Bologna until 1930. Afterwards he was appointed professor for etching at his alma mater, the Accademia di belle arti an. Numerous international exhibitions reflected his increasing success.

Morandi remained unmarried his whole life, sharing his apartment and studio on Via Fondazza with his sisters until 1964. It was during this period that he turned his attention to still life, starting to paint objects (especially bottles and containers), which brought him the nickname of ‘bottle painter’.

Morandi died of lung cancer in his studio on 18 June 1964. To this day, his works continue to feature at prestigious cultural events around the world.