Monday, January 12, 2009

Still Life with Shell - after Morandi

10 x 12
oil on canvas

I haven't spoken of the Morandi show I saw at the Met when I was in New York.  It was one of those experiences that feel so sacred that to try to put words to it feels diminishing...
There were a couple of small shell paintings in the show, and when I returned home I realized I had two shells exactly like the one's in one of his paintings. So I set them up in  still life and did this painting after his.  He is a master of neutrals, understatement, silence, tremulous line.

"I was fortunate to lead a very uneventful life... "  -Morandi

 "I can't go see too many exhibitions, it upsets me for two or three days."
 - Morandi

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