Composition in black and white. Lines defining shadows and contours with fast and parallel lines. mining It depicts in a river without defined background. In the foreground on the left figure of a man from the front, wearing a hat holding strainer at the waist. To the right, a little further back, Profile man on the left, torso tilted forward, hat on his head, holding a sieve. Legs plunged into the water up to the knees and that the on the left is more forward than the on the right. In the background, a little on the left of center, outline of a third figure.


  • Title: Prospectors
  • Date: 1951
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w16 x h13cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:working scenes:prospecting for gold, social:workers:prospector, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: lead pencil
  • Signature: Stamped signature at bottom right edge "Portinari*". Undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 581
  • Inscription: On reverse, authentication and inscriptions by Maria Portinari "DN 373” and "Nº 513”.
  • Function: Study for the panel “Prospectors” [FCO 1665]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2917

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