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Giorgio Morandi
Still Life (Natura morta)
1916
Museum of Modern Art
© 2008. Digital image, Museum of Modern Art / Scala, Firenze
© 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE Rome
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World in a Bottle
by Jerry Saltz



Giorgio Morandi’s paintings make me think that artists may not totally choose, or even control, their subjects or style. Batty as it sounds, subject and style may choose artists, through some unfathomable cosmic means. How else to explain that even artists who enjoy what they do can be perplexed or even horrified that they’re doing it? It must have vexed Morandi that, as art leapt forward in the 20th century, he kept painting the same thing over and over.

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