Nancy Hagin on Giorgio Morandi

Giorgio Morandi, Natura Morta, 1957, oil, 14 x 16 inches
Giorgio Morandi, Natura Morta, 1957, oil, 14 x 16 inches

Nancy Hagin considers the work of Giorgio Morandi.

Hagin writes: "I marvel at [Morandi's] various strategies. He loved to play games with the table’s back horizon line and the tops of the objects. He always placed the salmon shape exquisitely, sometimes sandwiching it tightly between forms. The dominant light brownish gray is beautiful. How did he mix it? The paint is lush and simply applied. It looks easy to do, but it is not... Morandi gave me the courage to stop worrying about my work being ground breaking or on the 'cutting edge.' His example let me follow my instincts to paint ordinary situations, from direct observation."