The Italian painter Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964) was born and raised in the city of Bologna. At age 17 he enrolled in the Bologna Academy of Fine Arts and received his diploma in 1913. The following year he began to teach drawing and printmaking in the Bologna public schools. In 1915 he was drafted into the army but was later discharged because of poor health. He resumed teaching in the public school system until 1930, when he was appointed professor of etching at his alma mater. From that time on he arranged his life as carefully as the still-life compositions he is most famous for, to allow time for painting and etching as well as teaching. However, by 1956 he had so many unfilled commissions that he resigned his teaching position and began working full-time on his paintings and prints. He painted series after series of compositions with generic titles, including Still Life (cover ).
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