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    Sale 1897

    Prints And Multiples

    30 - 31 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 343

    GIORGIO MORANDI (1890-1964)

    Il Ponte sul Savena a Bologna (Vitali 1)

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    GIORGIO MORANDI (1890-1964)
    Il Ponte sul Savena a Bologna (Vitali 1)
    etching, 1912, on wove paper, Vitali's second state (of three), signed and dated in pencil, numbered 2/50, with margins, light-, mat and pale time staining, minor surface soiling, taped to the overmat along the reverse of the upper margin edge (with associated staining), otherwise in good condition, framed
    P. 6½ x 8¾ in. (165 x 222 mm.)
    S. 10 3/8 x 14 3/8 in. (264 x 365 mm.)


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    This -- Morandi's first -- etching was completed while the artist was still a student at the Bologna Academy of Fine Arts in 1912. Printmaking later became an integral part of his oeuvre and played an essential role in his rigorous exploration of light, composition and representation. Here, the hills and cultivated areas surrounding Morandi's native Bologna are treated with the same sensitivity to light and rigorous approach to composition that would later mark his signature still-life subject matter.