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Composition in blue tones (predominant), ashes, earthy, violet, black, ochre, green and white. Resulting rough texture of the support of the work itself. It depicts four black miners, all of robust build, working on a river. In the foreground on the right foot prospector within the waters of a river, in profile to the left. It has the upper body leaning forward, using straw broad-brimmed hat, white shirt with half sleeve and pants rolled up below the knees. It folded hands and arms secured one panning. His feet are covered by river water that hides part of his legs too. These are remote viewing to earlier on the left than the on the right. To the left of the composition, slightly ahead of the prospector, mount represented in green with shovel stuck upon the right slightly tipped to the left. In the background, to the left, another miner also in the river, from the front, with the head tilted down, using white hat and shirt with half sleeve; safe with his on the left hand panning one that is pressing against his stomach. His on the right arm is slightly bent and back and his hand is cupped suggesting that the prospector is looking in that direction for something that is in your hand. Between the first and second prospectors, you see the river kind of two small hills that surface water. In the third plane, on the right Miner another in the same position as the foreground and the background more Miner another, into the stream of water to the waist, the front; it is all represented in ochre tone as his hat and shirt. Has the on the left arm over the body, part dipped in the river water and the on the right bent forward with cupped hand, has defined facial features looking up their eyes turned toward her hand. In the background, the river continued seeing themselves broadband across the whole area of ​​the composition suggesting perhaps the bank of the river, and two tracks vertically suggesting tree trunks. In the center of the composition, clear square area suggesting light on the river water.

Details

  • Title: Gold Mine
  • Date: 1938
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w298 x h280cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:working scenes:prospecting for gold, social:ethnic groups:Black, social:workers:prospector, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: fresco
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1751
  • Function: Work executed to decorate the meeting room at the Palácio Gustavo Capanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ.. Economic Cycles
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-910

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