Giorgio Morandi


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Status, estimation and price of the artist Giorgio Morandi

Price of a painting: 41,000 – 3,000,000 €.

Price of a drawing: 2 300 – 110,000 €.

Estimation of a print: 3,000 – 47,000 €.

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Travels and early inspirations

Giorgio Morandi was a contemporary Italian painter and engraver born on July 20 in Bologna. He died on June 18, 1964 in his birthplace.

Fascinated by painting from a very young age, Giorgio Morandi entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna in 1907 against his father’s wishes. He graduated in 1913, but realised that he had learned more from his contemporaries than from his schooling. He discovered Renoir’s works in 1911 at the 9th Venice Biennale. That same year, Giorgio Morandi visited Florence and marvelled at the works of Giotto and Uccello. He was heavily influenced by the works of Cézanne and Monet, which he first discovered at the 1911 Rome International Exhibition. Giorgio Morandi became interested in Futurism between 1913 and 1914 and met Boccioni, Russolo and Balilla Pratella. He attended Futurist parties in Bologna and Modena.

In 1914, Giorgio Morandi had his first exhibition at the Baglioni Hotel in Bologna and also exhibited at the first free Futuristic exhibition in Rome. He was able to see a wall of paintings by Matisse and another by Cézanne during the Second Roman Secession.

Recognition and awards

Giorgio Morandi took part in group exhibitions in Germany in 1921 and in Florence in 1922. From 1915 to 1929, Giorgio Morandi taught children how to draw in schools in Bologna. He even became the Chair of engraving at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna in 1930.

He subsequently exhibited in Greece, Austria, France, Switzerland and the United States.

He spent a week in prison in May 1943 because of his links with Italy’s Action Party supporters. He took refuge in Grizzana and did not return to his hometown until 1944.

Art historian Roberto Longhi inaugurated an exhibition of 21 works by Morandi on the day of the liberation of Bologna on 21 April 1945.

He received the First Prize for Painting at the Venice Biennale in 1948, the Grand Prize for Engraving at the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1953, and the Grand Prize for Painting at the IV Biennale in 1956.

The Natura Morta painting by Giorgio Morandi, dated 1939, has been estimated at between 1,800,000 and 2,500,000 dollars.

Recognising Giorgio Morandi’s signature

Like many artists, Morandi did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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Appraising and selling a piece by Giorgio Morandi

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