Composition in tones earthy, gray, ochre, rose, green, yellow, white, black, blue, orange and red. Smooth texture, marked and thick brush strokes in white. Coffee culture It depicts looking up planting, harvesting, screening, bagging and loading of coffee. In the foreground, from the left to the right: seven sacks stack; coconut whose stem passes through the entire height of the composition is seeing at the top few sheets; piece of blue can; bag closed; part of open bag, looking up the grains highlighted by blue and white thick brush strokes and part of charger, profile to the left, holding the big bag of coffee head. In the background, the center between two stacks of bags, two curved baggers. On the left, figure 3/4 toward the on the right and on the right, back figure, 3/4 to the left; both dressed using white and yellow brimmed hat. In the third level, roseish area with defined bit figures scattered among stacked bags, some sifting coffee, other curved and most other carrying burdens to the head. Basically, dense planting at an angle to the right of the composition, seeing themselves among the coffee trees some figures reaping the grain.


  • 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: 1940
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w54.5 x h46cm 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:men, human figure:group:women
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom left "PORTINARI 1940"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3797
  • Inscription: On reverse, inscription "PROPERTY OF Beatrice M. Stone”.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1141

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