Composition in tones earthy, blue, green, gray, lilac, white, black and ochre. Smooth texture and brush strokes marked in commas. Composition representing coffee farmer mulatto, standing with hoe in hand, against lanscape background outdoors with coffee plantation and train. Figure faces occupying almost the entire support height. It has strong body, head almost in profile to the left; pixains hair, narrow forehead, small eyes, separated, facing left, short and wide nose, exaggerated thick lips characteristic of the black race and short and wide neck. wear shirt lilac mesh half sleeve and pants rolled up to the middle of the legs and bare feet. On the left arm lying along the body with half-open hand, on the right arm stretched forward holding the handle of a hoe, as if supporting your weight on it. The hoe is upon the right, slightly diagonally behind the blade. It has the slightly disproportionate, short and slightly bowlegged; the on the left is stretched with foot forward and slightly bent on the right foot with the profile to the right. The figure is standing on dark area, suggesting that a mountain, tree trunk is cut on the right seeing and small mound. At the bottom, lower and lighter shades region, see: slightly bumpy purple uncultivated earthy area, and to the left of the composition, railroad, diagonally from the front to the back, where is passing train four wagons and Maria smoke, behind which extends to the horizon, plantation perspective on flat ground. On the right continuation of plantation and two hills near the horizon. Broadband blue sky with clouds plump. Light focusing the on the left of the composition, creating shadow area of ​​the shovel blade and the farmer's chest.


  • Title: Coffee Farm Worker
  • Creator Lifespan: 1903-12-29 - 1962-12-06
  • Creator Nationality: Brazilian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Creator Birth Place: Brodowski, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Date: 1934
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w81 x h100cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:working scenes:cultivating coffee, social:ethnic groups:mulatto, social:workers:farm hand, human figure:man
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in top right corner "PORTINARI 934"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2744
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-450

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