M is for maverick

Giorgio Morandi was a painter who lived with his two sisters in a small house in italy. Every day of his long life he climbed the stairs to their loft where he painted his extensive 'bottle and box' collection.

Admitting to a roving-eye for the occasional canvas by de Chirico, Giorgio however, lived for the play of light on his beloved biscuit-tins and pitchers, never straying from these subjects in his own work.

He painted with a single-minded passion, resisting the fashions that swept the rest of the art world - Cubism, surrealism, expessionism - they could all go screw themselves as far as Giorgio was concerned.

He hammered out an enormous body of work, then died. Now he's famous - way to go Giorgio.