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  • In 1912 Morandi taught himself to etch using old manuals, and printmaking came to occupy an important place within his practice. He exhibited with the Futurists in 1914, but was never influenced by their aesthetics or interested in their cultural agenda. The Metaphysical iconography of Giorgio de Chirico inspired him to create a small number of enigmatic still lifes starting with this, his very first print.


    Morandi quickly mastered the etching technique, coming to consider it an important vehicle for artistic expression, and going on to hold the Chair in Printmaking at Bologna’s Accademia di Belle Arti for over twenty years. Although restricted in terms of subject matter, his work shows great stylistic versatility and experimentation through different formats and incorporation of a wide range of mark-making processes. Like Lucian Freud, a generation later, you recognize an etched line and image of Morandi's when you see it.

    • Provenance

      World House Galleries Corp., 987 Madison Avenue, New York (label on back of frame)
      Christie’s New York, Prints & Multiples, October 31, 2007, lot 343
      Private Collection, New York

    • Literature

      Lamberto Vitali 1
      Michele Cordaro 1

    • Catalogue Essay

      In 1912 Morandi taught himself to etch using old manuals, and printmaking came to occupy an important place within his practice. He exhibited with the Futurists in 1914, but was never influenced by their aesthetics or interested in their cultural agenda. The Metaphysical iconography of Giorgio de Chirico inspired him to create a small number of enigmatic still lifes starting with this, his very first print.

      Morandi quickly mastered the etching technique, coming to consider it an important vehicle for artistic expression, and going on to hold the Chair in Printmaking at Bologna’s Accademia di Belle Arti for over twenty years. Although restricted in terms of subject matter, his work shows great stylistic versatility and experimentation through different formats and incorporation of a wide range of mark-making processes. Like Lucian Freud, a generation later, you recognize an etched line and image of Morandi's when you see it.

108

Il ponte sul Savena a Bologna (The Bridge Over the Savena in Bologna) (V. 1, C. 1)

1912
Etching, on wove paper, with full margins.
I. 6 1/2 x 8 3/4 in. (16.5 x 22.2 cm)
S. 10 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (26 x 36.2 cm)

Signed, dated and numbered 2/50 in pencil, Morandi's first print, framed.

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Estimate
$7,000 - 10,000 

Sold for $10,080

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New York Auction 19-21 October 2021