pencil on paper
6 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (16.5 x 24.1 cm)
Executed in 1954.
This work is a study for Natura morta, 1954, housed in the permanent collection of the Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts.
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signed, dedicated and dated “Morandi 54 Alla Signora Gertrude Lenart Morandi 31 Luglio 1954? lower center
The work is in very good condition overall. The sheet is hinged in places to an archival ragmat. The sheet undulates slightly throughout. The upper right corner is bumped. There is minor discoloration to the left vertical extreme edge, visible upon very close inspection. There are some soft creases, most noticeably to the upper left corner. There are pinpoint pale brown spots scattered throughout, visible upon very close inspection. The work is framed under Plexiglas in a silver gilded frame.
Marilena Pasquali, Morandi Opere catalogate tra il 1985 e il 2000, Bologna, 2000, no. D 1954/1, p. 148 (illustrated)
Gertrude Bernoudy (née Lenart), St. Louis (acquired directly from the artist in July 1954) <br />Her sale, Christie's, New York, November 10, 1994, lot 464 <br />Private Collection (acquired at the above sale)<br />Christie’s, New York, November 2, 2011, lot 132 <br />Acquired at the above sale by the present owner