Renato GuttusoStill Life in the Studio 1962

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Renato Guttuso (1912‑1987)
Still Life in the Studio
Natura morta nello studio
Date 1962
MediumInk and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 320 x 345 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Elly Kahnweiler 1991 to form part of the gift of Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler, accessioned 1994
Not on display


Still life was one of Renato Guttuso’s favourite themes and he returned to it throughout his career. Like many of his still lifes, this ink drawing explores the subject of the still life in the artist’s studio. Still Life in a Studio is uncharacteristically muted in colour, although this is partly due to the light-sensitive nature of some of the coloured inks used, especially the blue, purple, green and yellow. The inks were applied with a pen and brush on a sheet of heavyweight white wove paper. Vigorous pen marks in black Indian ink contrast areas of delicate ink washes. The space is brimming with the everyday objects to be found in an artist’s studio, including bottles, paintbrushes, cans, books, chairs, pliers, crumpled paper and cups. The multiple viewpoints and tilted planes show how Guttuso had assimilated the innovations of Cézanne and cubism and reworked them into his own brand of realism… (read more)

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