Giorgio Morandi at CIMA

Giorgio Morandi, Still Life, 1955, oil on canvas, 40 x 35 cm (© Private collecti
Giorgio Morandi, Still Life, 1955, oil on canvas, 40 x 35 cm (© Private collection, 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE,

Christine Hughes reviews works by Giorgio Morandi at The Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA), New York, through June 25, 2016.

Hughes writes: "The 1930s is an interesting decade in Morandi’s work. It was a decade when he was finding his voice and made fewer paintings than at any other time. He was teaching etching at the Accademia di Belle Arti. Italy was under Fascist rule. A lot of art in Italy at the time was political and about spectacle, not particularly personal. Morandi deepened his palette to browns and darkened earth-tones, working slowly, also deepening his gaze inward. Seemingly the political darkness made it way into his work. It was during this period when he honed his approach to his personal style of applying thicker paint and becoming more poetic with his forms and less representational."