Italian painter of still lifes.
Morandi studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in his native Bologna from 1907 to 1913. He was influenced by the masters of the early Renaissance, whom he studied on a visit to Florence, and by the impressionist and postimpressionist masters, particularly Cézanne. In addition he was loosely involved with contemporary movements such as futurism and the Scuola Metafisica. Apart from a few deserted landscapes his pictures were all still lifes. These were sparse and meticulously arranged constructions, made up of a few everyday objects, whose effect depended on the artist's mastery of architectonic form. As well as paintings he produced graphic works and was professor of graphic art at the Bologna Academy of Fine Arts from 1920. He received the Grand Prix for painting at the Venice Biennale in 1948.