Happy Sad Morandi

I have always been a great fan of the still life paintings of Georgio Morandi. Mostly because they seem timeless. If On Kawara had been living in Italy and had been painting still lives, I’m sure this is what his paintings would have looked like. At the same time, I can’t help mocking him a little bit about this. Always painting the same bottles every day. All so harmonious, timeless, devoid of any emotion. I also found it quite comical, this life long worship of the same empty vessels. To breath a bit of life into those bottles I bought two identical Morandi prints in 2013 and added some smiley faces to them. One happy. One sad. Morandi himself, as always remained poker-faced in the middle.