N05782 Still Life 1946
Inscribed 'Morandi' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 14 3/4 x 18 (37.5 x 45.5)
Presented by the Studio d'Arte Palma 1947
Prov: Studio d'Arte Palma, Rome (purchased from the artist 1947)
Exh: Modern Italian Art, Tate Gallery, June-July 1954 (not in catalogue)
Lit: Lamberto Vitali, Morandi: Catalogo Generale 1913-47 (Milan 1977), No.514, n.p. repr. as 'Natura Morta' 1946
Repr: Lamberto Vitali, Giorgio Morandi Pittore (Milan 1965), pl.168; Studio International, CLXXXVIII, 1974, p.171
The title 'Natura Morta' and date 1946 are inscribed on the back of a photograph sent to the Trustees in 1947, when the gift was being considered.
Morandi kept a stock of bottles and jars which he used for his still-life pictures in a variety of combinations and arrangements. He wrote that there were several variants of the present work and the same objects also appear in other pictures. (Letter of 7 July 1953).
The first picture in which several of these objects appear in a similar arrangement was made as early as 1936 (Vitali No.210), but the most closely related still lifes all date from the period 1945-7 (Vitali Nos.489-93 of 1945, 515-23 of 1946 and 575-7 of 1947). All include some or all of the same objects in similar groupings, but no two are exactly the same.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.540, reproduced p.540