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Giorgio Morandi is not a very well-known artist. The first time I heard of
him was when reading about contemporary California artist Wayne Thiebaud.
Thiebaud lists him as an early source for Thiebaud's work. I don't know of
any books about him - I looked in the new Janson's and he is not listed.
However, I did find him in "The Oxford Dictionary of Art" and will quote
for you from that text:
"Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964). Italian painter and etcher. He was born at
Bologna and lived there all his life, standing aloof from the intellectual
turmoil and aesthetic experiments of the 20th century apart from a brief
association with Futurism and his adhesion to de Chirico's idea of
Metaphysical painting for a few years from 1918. AFter early landscapes he
painted almost exclusively still lifes, eschewing literary and symbolic
content, and using subtle combinations of colour within a narrow range of
tones. His style has something in common with Purism, but is more subtle
and intimate, breathing an air of serenity and cultivated sensibility. His
work won great respect among younger Italian artists for its pure devotion
to aesthetic values and its poetic quality."
Sorry that I could find no listing of books. Is there a university near
you with an art department? I would try a University art department, as
they may have an up-to-date reference section. Good luck.
California Consortium for Visual Arts Education