The perfect rectangle seems to contain the objects that form this composition, orderly arranged in a double order ahead of the line of the horizon. The year is 1956 and this is the last of a series of approximately twenty canvases painted with the same compositional and formal structure that Morandi started in 1953. In 1964 Francesco Arcangeli found the common thread to the set of this group of still lifes, namely the “square layout”; in this rigorously conceived compositions he finds “something of the mental resolve and ruthless measure of metaphysics”. The geometrical order in Morandi’s structure is brought to its extreme consequences in this painting; it is not by chance that this Still life was singled out by director Sydney Pollack as the inspiration for Canadian architect Frank Gehry, as he was designing the five volumes forming the rooms and wings of his Winton Gest House in Minnesota.
Giorgio Morandi (1890 – 1964) - Natura Morta, 1956 - Oil on canvass, 30x45cm, Museo Morandi