Composition in earthy, green, ochre, gray, white, black, yellow and rose tones. Smooth texture. Coffee harvest scene. In the foreground, on the left, settler sitting on the floor in profile to the right, barefoot, wearing a dress and rag on her head. In the center, two coffee carriers with bags in their heads, wearing shirts and pants, one facing forward and the other in profile to the left, cut off at the legs by the bottom edge of the support. On the right, behind an open coffee bag, man figure facing 3/4 to the left wearing hat, neckerchief, shirt and pants, holding a bucket in his left hand. In the background, from the left to the right: nine bags of coffee stacked, several mounds of coffee and a figure, almost opposite, leaning forward, seemingly rolling up his pants. In the third plan, from left to the right: profile of a foreman figure to the right wearing boots with an outstretched right arm pointing forward, toward various inclined men bagging coffee; a palm tree; several mounds of coffee and working men. In the background, from the left to the right: several carriers with coffee bags in their head; coffee plantation with figures harvesting coffee; and man climbing a ladder.


  • Title: Coffee
  • Date: 1935
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w195 x h130cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:working scenes:cultivating coffee, social:ethnic groups:Black, social:workers:foreman, social:workers:female settler, social:workers:farm hand, human figure:group:men, human figure:group:women
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in bottom left corner "PORTINARI BRASIL 935"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1191
  • Function: "This work received Second Honorable Mention from the Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh, PA), in 1935; artist's first award outside Brazil."
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-542

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