This 1949 watercolor by Renato Guttuso (1912-1987) is an example of the Bagherese painter’s exploration of the daily life and struggles of Sicilians. “The Sulphur Miners” illustrates men working in the arduous industry that was a significant element of Sicily’s economy for centuries, especially in the areas around Caltanissetta and Girgenti.
This photo was taken by my uncle Stefano during a visit to Sicily in 1950. It is of 3 young bakers or baristas in the kitchen at Bagheria’s Bar Aurora. Bar Aurora was owned by my great uncle Domenico Cuffaro. It was–as the over-exposure from a following photo on the film-roll shows–a laboratorio (bakery), pasticceria…
Renato Guttuso painted scenes of his homeland, like this one of Palermo’s famous market, La Vucciria, from 1974.
View of Montepellegrino from Aspra. Painted by Renato Guttuso in 1949. #sicily #sicily_travel #sicilia #sicily_tourism #italy #ig_sicily #italia #aspra #renatoguttuso