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Il venditore di arance

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Description by the artist

Il venditore di arance (Italian for The orange seller) is the title of this artwork. Canvas on wooden frame. Acrylic painting on canvas depicting an orange vendor with the background of a city. An orange vendor with his moto ape waiting for customers, in the background a town and a figure coming  towards the man, a windy and sultry day, the spot of color of the oranges that enlivens everything and is the focal point of the work.

Details and dimensions

Materials: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions (cm): Height 70, Width 50, Depth 2
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

Characteristic scene of Sicilian everyday life: a fruit vendor with his motoape parked along a road. These means of locomotion are real walking stores in Sicily: fish, fruit, ice cream, streetfood … are often preceded by proclamations made through a speaker above the shed announcing the arrival of the vendor. But also by thunderous blows of the horn or deafening whistles.

The figure approaching the vendor, with her black dress that seems to cover the head as well, brings to mind a Sicilian woman who is in mourning, that is, she remains dressed in black for several months if not years.

(photo) Orange seller in Palermo, early ‘900

The Governance also suggests

The objective of the Governance is both to safeguard the traditions and ancient crafts of the people of Sicily, and to sustain economically the Artisans and the Artists, both the real ethno-anthropologists of the country.
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