Riders on a Beach

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Alberto Morrocco
Born Aberdeen, 1917-1998

Riders on a Beach, 1959
Oil on board

Scottish Arts Council Bequest 1997
Museum number 1998-33

Morrocco visited Italy for the first time since childhood in 1950 and returned regularly thereafter, in particular to the hill town of Anticoli Corrado. Experiences and images of Italian daily life became one of the most frequently recurring themes of his work. In Riders on a Beach, Morrocco depicted one of the most visually thrilling moments of his life. One evening on a beach in Sicily he watched as a group of young men removed their clothes and rode straight into the sea to remove the dirt of a day’s work, exuberantly shouting and circling round each other in the water, in an event which to the artist had a primeval quality to it. By this time, Morrocco’s brushwork had become much more expressive and his colours more raw than the refined handling and palette of earlier in the decade. His forms are simpler and more solid, revealing a sympathy with the work of Pablo Picasso and Marino Marini.

Riders on a Beach
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