Thursday, 4 April 2013

Last chance to see....

...the Giorgio Morandi, Lines of Poetry exhibition at the Estorick Collection (in North London). The show was due to finish this Sunday April 7th, but has been extended by 3 weeks until the 28th. The Estorick Collection of modern Italian art currently shows not only etchings and watercolours by Morandi, but also the work of contemporary painter Alberto Di Fabio. Aside from these there is always the small but impressive permanent collection. Its famous for its Futurist artworks, but also features artists including Amedeo Modigliani and Giorgio de Chirico.

In the Morandi exhibition, these works below are the ones that stood out the most for me. In Savena Landscape (below), I like the way the river is left blank and the landscape is etched and printed around it. The plant form in the foreground contrasts well with the river.

 Savena Landscape, (1929) (etching), Giorgio Morandi
In Hillside in the Morning (below) I like the fact that I couldnt tell if the background colour around the etched/printed areas was a wash applied by the artist or the ageing discolouring of the paper?

 Hillside in the Morning, (1928) (etching), Giorgio Morandi
In Still Life of Vases on a Table (below) Morandi again leaves the prominent objects in the foreground blank with the background etched and printed around it.

Still Life of Vases on a Table, (1931) (etching), Giorgio Morandi
On of my favourite paintings in the permanent collection has always been The Boulevard by Gino Severini (below). I also remember seeing this one in the Futurism exhibition at Tate Modern in the summer of 2009.

The Boulevard, (1910-11) (oil on canvas), Gino Severini

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