Composition in tones, black, white, blue, violet and rose. Predominance of contour lines and watercolor effects. It depicts gold mining in a river. In the foreground, on the left, man standing in profile to the right, with hands on hips, wearing short-sleeved shirt and pants. On the right, standing in water, profile man to the left, with the upper body leaning forward holding screen horizontally. In the background, the center man sitting on the floor 3/4 facing left, with folded legs. On the third level, on the left, front figure in the water, with sieve in hands. In the background outlined figures and type of cut tree trunks. None of the figures have defined facial features.


  • Title: Gold Mine
  • Date: 1941
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w44 x h46cm 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 , watercolor
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 425
  • Notes: Top of support is shaped like a semicircle.
  • Inscription: On reverse, authentication and inscriptions by Maria Portinari "DN 490” and "Nº 97”.
  • Function: Study, not used, for the mural painting “Mining of Gold” [FCO 3768]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1489

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