Guttuso through the representation of men and women protagonists of everyday reality, launches his personal cry of denunciation towards the great social issues, as in this work with Sicilian Laborer.
“The painting in the Verzocchi collection belongs to a series of paintings I made in 1948 and 1949, in which I tried to know and express some aspects of the life and struggles of the southern laborers. Of this reality I try to express the entire movement, the energies, the development. In this sense my current work is carried out. Beyond (if possible) the separate discourses of content and form, content and subject, subject and language. Speeches that increasingly appear to me to be devoid of common sense ”. (R. Guttuso, 1949)
Texts: Lorenza Montanari, Martina Neri - Museums Unit of the Municipality of Forlì