Composition in green tones, red, gray, blue, earthy, ochre, black and lilac. Thick texture and marked brushstrokes. Composition representing coffee culture with farmers in various activities amid sacks, dog, and coffee plantation in the background. In the foreground on the left, five sacks stacked. To the left of center, female figure, standing with his back, wagging coffee. The figure has clear scarf over her head, arms raised, hands holding the sieve, which rises dark band, suggesting the coffee beans being shaken. wear long dress in blue-green tones, has her legs spread and bare feet. Ahead of coffee mounds and on his on the left, man figure, slightly turned to the left, bent body forward, holding in his hands, bag of coffee as if to lift it. wear straw hat, has the arms, hands and feet greenish, legs apart, one on each side of the bag and wear clothes in lilac-gray tones. On the right corner, dog lying suggestion profile to the left. In the background, in front of the coffee plantation: on the left, a staircase; on the right of center, male figure, his back, suggested by clothing in gray and greenish members, with his arms raised picking up coffee, separate legs and bare feet; on your on the right, two women, standing with his back, with his arms raised, picking up coffee. Floor consists of geometrical areas reddish gray tones. Background suggesting plantation in various shades of green.


  • Title: Coffee Harvest
  • Date: 1956
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w100 x h80cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:working scenes:cultivating coffee, social:workers:female settler, social:workers:farm hand, human figure:group:women, human figure:man
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom left "PORTINARI 56"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3338
  • Notes: Support has irregular shape with painted barbs on the stretcher, suggesting it had been used.
  • Inscription: On reverse, two illegible signatures, "M.LOMACH[I]NSKY” scribblings in lead pencil. On stretcher, label "Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro nome e sobrenome Candido Portinari Título da obra Colheita de Café dat [torn] Gênero e Dimensões oleo s/tela – 0,80 x [torn] Proprietário Marcos Lomachinsky Endereço [...] Exposição Arte Brasileira em B. Aires data [torn] Rosario, Santiago e Lima”; stamp "Eduardo Sanches de Bustamante vista”; inscription "A-7226”. On back of frame, label "21”.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3840

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