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Object Type: Drawing: Figure
Artist/Maker: Morrocco, Alberto
Place Made: Gray's School of Art
Media/Materials: charcoal on paper
Dimensions: overall: 45.6 cm x 34.5 cm
Three sketches of a standing nude male. The figure's weight is distributed to the right.
Gestural speed drawings.
Morrocco was born in Aberdeen in 1917, the son of Italian immigrants. He studied at Gray's School of Art from 1932 to 1938, and also in France, Italy and Switzerland. He is famous for his landscapes, still lifes, figure paintings and interiors; but perhaps his best known works are his beach scenes and views of Venice.
Braque and Picasso, in particular, had an immense influence on him. The outbreak of the Second World War saw him detained in Edinburgh Castle as an enemy alien, but he was released and allowed to serve as a conscientious objector in the Royal Army Medical Corps. After the war, Morrocco had a brief spell teaching evening classes, and then, from 1950 onwards, spent the rest of his professional life in Dundee, as Head of the School of Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (now part of the University of Dundee).
Morrocco was a prolific painter. Even late in his life and seriously ill, he committed himself to exhibitions and painted thirty to forty new works a year.
Morrocco married Vera and had three children: Leon, Laurie and Annalisa. Leon followed in his fathers footsteps and is an established artist in his own right, Laurie is a conservator of early panel paintings and Annalisa is a designer and illustrator.
Alberto died in Dundee in 1998.
Alberto Morrocco is a member of the Royal Society of Scotland.
Object Number: ABDRG2009.223