Composition in black tones, ochre, gray, green and white. Lines defining contours, color shading setting volume and quick strokes. It depicts harvest and cotton bagging. In the foreground, from the left to the right: four large bags stacked; woman bent forward over cotton foot, with the face covered by broad-brimmed hat, wearing long sleeve dress and girl facing guarding cotton flake inside large bag that brings in tow. In the background, from the left to the right: man bent profile to the right, bent figure front and profile man bent to the left. Everyone is bagging cotton. Basically, piles of bags between tree trunks and vegetation tufts.


  • Title: Cotton
  • Date: 1938
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w42 x h42cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:working scenes:cultivating cotton, social:workers:female settler, social:workers:farm hand, human figure:child:girl, human figure:group:men, human figure:woman
  • Technique: gouache , lead pencil
  • Signature: Signed at bottom right "Portinari". Undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2716
  • Inscription: On reverse, artist’s notes for mural painting "Rubber” [FCO 1758].
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the mural painting “Cotton” [FCO 1753]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-886

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