Composition in gray tones, earthy, ochre, white, black, green and rose. Rough texture result of its support of the work. It depicts four men working in the coffee bagging, a foreman and a settler, all of robust complexion. In the foreground, on the left, sitting settler profile to the right, turned slightly back. wear cloth around the head, long sleeve dress and skirt covering the legs to just above the ankles. It has the almost straight legs, bare feet slightly turned out and hands in her lap. On the right farmer standing in front, slightly turned to the left, wears sleeveless T-shirt and rolled up pants below the knees, is barefoot and the position of the feet suggests you are walking. His arms are folded and up and secure the ends of a bag of coffee that carries the back. In the background, on the left nine sacks stacked; the center cylindrical shape suggesting a two mounds of coffee beans tree trunk; on the right, three sacks stacked. On the third level, on the left, foreman standing in profile to the right, slightly rear-facing. wear hat suggesting be leather, light long sleeve shirt, pants and dark high-tops boots. You have the on the right arm stretched horizontally closed hand with index finger stretched pointing toward the on the right as if talking to one of the three farmers who are in the background. All three are in the trunks leaning forward, one is facing to the left, one to the right and the other almost from the front, they wear light clothes seeing if the two of them hats. The three suggested be bagging coffee or else packing his bags. The rest of the background and the ground are represented by quadrangular areas of different colors.


  • Title: Coffee
  • 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: 1938
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w297 x h280cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:working scenes:cultivating coffee, social:workers:foreman, social:workers:female settler, social:workers:farm hand, human figure:group:men, human figure:woman
  • Technique: fresco
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1755
  • Function: Work executed to decorate the meeting room at the Palácio Gustavo Capanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ.. Economic Cycles
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-914

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