Composition in green tones, blue, earthy, rose, orange, yellow, lilac, white and black. Smooth texture, a little rough and marked brushstrokes. Composition representing honey harvest It depicts with three men and working beehive in the middle of a forest. To the left of the composition, tree stump, which has been cut and is lying on the floor on the right, almost horizontally, taking up track across the width of the composition. Ahead of the fallen trunk and on the right of the center of the composition, back man, crouching, his hands on the trunk as if you were pushing. The figure has dark hair, wears purple shirt, orange pants and boot. In front, behind the trunk and on the left of the center of the composition, another figure of a man, facing, suggesting be crouching. Figure standing with her head back, arched arms, the hands holding a thin stem serving as a lever to move the log. The figure has suggested facial features, members and their garments represented in shades of blue and lilac. On your on the right figure in the same position and attitude, but much more diluted and appearing to be the head. Further back on the left tree stump with the top circular, which is a hive of native bees, which lets you see through a central opening, which would be the bees - represented by points in lighter earthy tones than the the cavity of the stump. The floor is composed of regular and geometrical strokes representing low vegetation. The background suggests kills, represented by vertical geometric areas that suggest the trunks of trees, interspersed with greenish and yellowish spots that represent vegetation interspersed with clumps stylized.


  • Title: Collecting Honey of Indigenous Bees
  • Date: 1958
  • Location Created: Brodowski, São Paulo, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w73 x h60cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:working scenes:beekeeping, social:workers:woodcutter, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in top left corner "PORTINARI 58"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3011
  • Inscription: On back of frame, stamp "Goya DECORAÇÕES BARON PORNALI R. Augusta 2191 Loja 4” [twice].
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-4379

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