Composition in tones earthy, ochre, green, white, blue and red. Smooth texture. It depicts men working with coffee, with planting in the background. In the foreground, at the bottom on the right, man standing in front with his feet cut by the bottom edge of the support, having an open bag of coffee and full ahead. Wearing a hat, scarf around his neck, carries a kind of bucket in his on the left hand and has not defined facial features. To the left, a little further back, another worker, full body, as if walking toward the lower on the left corner of the holder, with a coffee bag on his shoulders. Has pants rolled up to the height of the shins and also is not defined facial features. Cutting the bottom on the left of the support, it appears a piece of white ladder. In the background, on the left bank of the holder, a stack of sacks; slightly to the right, a smaller battery and a lowered hat man facing right. In the third level, a few men working - two with stairs - a small stack of bags to the center and a piece of field prepared for planting the on the right. In the background, coffee plantation with converging rows to the horizon center, a cloud band and the other, narrower, bright blue sky.


  • Title: Coffee
  • Date: 1937
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w29 x h41.5cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:working scenes:cultivating coffee, social:workers:farm hand, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: gouache
  • Signature: Signed at bottom right "Portinari". Undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1440
  • Inscription: On back of frame, inscriptions "Sergio Telles 597 [illegible] ok PP 4 cm + 213 [illegible] Acab 213” and "737”.. On reverse, label "Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo – Parque Ibirapuera CP 22031 – S. Paulo – Brasil. Título da Exposição: Portinari, Pintor Social. Autor: Portinari. Dados biográficos: Título da obra e data: Estudo p/café s/data. Técnica: guache Dimensões: 40 x 28 Propriedade: [illegible] Rio de Janeiro”.
  • Function: Study for the mural painting “Coffee” [FCO 1755]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-758

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