Experimentation with expressive tools and compositional motifs by a great Italian 20th-century artist.
[Morandi / Etchings. General catalogue] Morandi’s activity as an engraver was no less important than his work as a painter. In every period of his life he practiced the patient craft of engraving on copper or zinc, making almost exclusive use of the technique of etching. In these works he experimented with the entire range of expressive tools, often making initial exploration of compositional motifs that were later to appear in his paintings. The very high level of formal research makes the etchings an integral part of the overall artistic output of Morandi.
The publication of this catalogue gives them their rightful place in the scholarly documentation of the artist’s career. The many works have been scientifically catalogued through critical research and systematic checking of all documentary sources.