Giorgio Morandi

Recently I was introduced to the work of Giorgio Morandi. And now I find I can’t get enough of seeing his art. The colors and composition gave me a sense that this was a master artist that I could spend a lifetime studying. His influence will stay with me and I hope that this brief introduction to the man and his art will provide you with the enjoyment I have felt in discovering him.

Giorgio Morandi lived from July 20, 1890 to June 18, 1964. His paintings depicted everyday objects that he collected and used over and over again in surprisingly complex compositions. Morandi’s sensitivity to tone and color, his repetitive motifs and his economical use of value and surface lend him to being perceived as a forerunner of Minimalism.

The majority of over 1300 oil paintings were still life and landscapes which on the surface look stylized. But Morandi painted from carefully arranged compositions from the dozens of bottles and vases in his collection. This allowed for the variety in his work to come from his observations.

There is much written about Giorgio Morandi and also a number of you-tube videos on the artist and his work. I have inserted one here for your enjoyment.


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Donald Kolberg graduated with a Fine Arts Degree from California State University, Los Angeles. He taught at the Los Angeles School of Art and co-founded Art Core, an organization dedicated to the open dialogue and display of the work of emerging artists. He continued his Master studies at Otis Art Institute. While at Otis Art Institute his teacher and main influence was internationally recognized painter Arnold Mesches. In Artcore he worked under the guidance of Lydia Takashita. With their teaching Donald learned the value of depth, texture and form in images and surface. He incorporated this into his concept of Life Forms, the portrayal of the human figure as a landscape of life and a celebration of form through Sculpture and Painting.

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