Composition in black and white. Dashed dense shading effects and contour lines. It depicts three characters in a cocoa plantation in perspective for background. The figures are represented with no anatomical detail and without defined facial features. In the foreground on the left, 3/4 kneeling man facing right with a machete in his hand raised on the right, as if it were cut something holding with his on the left hand resting on his knees. Beside him, on the right of center, man bent foot forward pouring cocoa fruits of a hamper holding with both hands in shipping the body. In front of these two figures suggest undergrowth. In the background, to the left, another man standing and facing pressing the head a kind of hamper holding with his on the right hand. At the bottom, cocoa plantations indicated by shadows whose trunks with fruit protrude horizontally.


  • Title: Cocoa Harvest
  • Date: 1954
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w23.2 x h30cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:working scenes:cultivating cocoa, social:workers:peasant, human figure:man
  • Technique: lead pencil
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2953
  • Notes: Support affixed to cardboard.
  • Inscription: On back of frame, inscriptions "Pertence a S.M. Zanella” and "3”.
  • Function: Study for the painting “Cocoa Harvest” [FCO 1838]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3273

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