Men Threshing Rice

Candido Portinari1956

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in black and white. Contour lines, parallel lines, overlapping lines and shading. Composition representing two men pounding rice in a table; three cattle and the background, man mowing rice, corn and rice fields. In the center of the composition, long table, slightly diagonally on the left to the right across to the bottom, consisting of four thin logs arranged side by side. To the left of center, behind the desk, boy figure, almost opposite, hair and facial features suggested; has arms raised and holding back beam as if it hit him on the table; is with your legs wide apart and slightly bent, bare feet and light clothing. Ahead, across the table, a little more to the right, man standing with his back, also with arms back, holding in his hands bundle of rice. It has the slightly bent and wide apart legs, barefoot and wears sleeveless shirt and pants rolled up. The ground around them are covered by rice bundles, represented by parallel lines of blocks in various directions. We on the left about stakes formed by three interconnected strands of barbed wire, behind which one sees a calf, a cow, and a cow possibly all slightly turned to the right. The calf is on the left, has fallen ears, eyes and nostrils indicated. The ox is in the center, has horns, eyes and nostrils indicated. To his on the right, the cow, the lower, head tilted to the right, eyes and nostrils suggested. In the background, on the right in the middle of a rice field already partly reaped man half-length figure wearing a hat and wielding a sickle and on the left indication coffee plantation and on the right cornfield.

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  • Title: Men Threshing Rice
  • Date: 1956
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w46 x h30cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:working scenes:cultivating rice, social:workers:farm hand, Nature:Animals:calf, Nature:Animals:ox, Nature:Animals:cow, human figure:child:boy, human figure:man
  • Technique: lead pencil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in bottom left corner "Portinari 56"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3106
  • Notes: Support affixed to cardboard.
  • Function: Study for the panel “Rice Harvest” [FCO 1083]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3841