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Giorgio Morandi

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Landscape (Paesaggio), 1914
Oil on canvas, 58 x 48 cm
Gianni Mattioli Collection
Long-term loan to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
© Giorgio Morandi, by SIAE 2008


The luxurious greenery in this view of a house façade almost overwhelmed by trees and hedge rows testifies to Gianni Morandi’s deeply lyrical empathy with his subject matter. It is likely to be a view of the village of Grizzana, where Morandi’s country home was. The viewpoint is from a road looking towards a dark porch, with a staircase to the right leading to an upper story. Persian blinds can be seen on the right. While the painting, as much as any early work by Morandi, pays homage to the landscapes of Paul Cézanne, it is also possible that Morandi’s decision to paint this jungle-like profusion of greenery was prompted by his awareness of the paintings of the late Douanier Rousseau, thanks to a recent publication by the Libreria della Voce, Florence.

credits: Hangar Design Group