1. Listen to former Met curator, Thomas Hoving, introduce the Morandi show:
2. Read the review in the NY Times which gives background about the artist, his context, and ideas about the significance of his work.
3. Watch the video of a collection of his works:
4. Now, in your comments, explain which things you think are most important in making him the artist that he was (biography, history, work habits, beliefs) and which things are most important to you as an artist making your own still life.
In your sketchbook, spend an hour drawing objects from home using full tonal shading and (almost) no contours. Work from a light gestural structural skeleton and then add continuous tone.
For your own interest, you may want to watch the time lapse still life drawings below:
Go to the playlist and choose the sixth from the left with the 3 objects and then watch this drawing take shape from analytic phase to the final blending.
Here is a quick description of analyzing form and looking for formal elements in a still life composition: