Natura morta
signed, dated, numbered and inscribed 'Al signor Luigi Mayno... Giorgio Morandi 15⁄21 Morandi 1933' in pencil
etching on Chine collé to wove paper
Image: 9 1⁄4 x 9 in. (23.6 x 23 cm.)
Sheet: 13 1⁄2 x 21 3⁄8 in. (34.3 x 54.3 cm.)
Executed in 1933. Printed circa 1939-49. This work is number fifteen from the edition of 21, Vitali's first state (of two). Published by Calcografia Nazionale, Rome.

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In 1987, Wolf Kahn began collecting Giorgio Morandi etchings, eventually amassing almost a dozen works, several of which he displayed in his New York City studio. Kahn was intrigued by the way Morandi created beauty from almost monochromatic tonal studies. He also admired how his still lifes brought each varied element together into a cohesive whole greater than the sum of its parts. Kahn was actually invited to visit Morandi in Bologna while he was in Italy as a young man, but was too self-conscious to accept and later regretted not pursuing the opportunity. He later reflected, “Of all the contemporary Italian artists, Morandi was most important to me, the only one who convinced me he knew the Italy I loved.”

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