Composition in black and white. Contour lines and quickly dashed. It depicts four farmers working on harvesting bananas. In the foreground, center, worker crouched in front with around several bunches of bananas. To the right, another farmer standing on her back with legs apart and arms up holding a bunch of bananas, even on foot. Its position suggests that is straining to pull it. In the background, banana limit following in perspective for background, looking to the left, a farmer with legs apart, arms up, holding his on the right hand a machete suggesting be ready to trigger a coup in the bunch of bananas safe with his on the left hand. To the left of center, another worker, profile on the right walking, carrying on his back, which are tilted forward, a bunch of bananas. All figures wear pants and shirts, are three of them barefoot and wear hat.


  • Title: Banana Harvest
  • Date: 1956
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w52 x h40cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:working scenes:cultivating bananas, social:workers:farm hand, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: lead pencil , crayon
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1990
  • Inscription: On reverse, inscription by Maria Portinari "Desenho de autoria de Candido Portinari, autenticado por Maria Victoria Portinari”.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3834

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