Rice Threshers

Candido Portinari1956

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in ochre, gray, green, earthy, rose and black. Smooth, rough and thick texture due to incisions and marked brushstrokes. Composition representing It depicts with two boys pounding rice on a table; having on the left the area fenced with cattle inside and planting suggestions in green tones in the background. The table occupies the central area of ​​the composition, it is disposed at a slight diagonal from the left to the right, front to back and is composed of joined boards. To the right of the center of the composition, facing the table, standing boyish figure, slightly off to the right. The figure is only suggested, is with his arms raised and bent back as if to strike the bundle of rice on the table. Has the face suggested in greenish tones, wear light clothing, is with legs apart and bare feet. To the right of the composition, the other farmer, also standing, almost on his back, which you can see the arms and hands, turned back, holding huge bundle of rice. This also wears light clothes, is with legs apart and barefoot. Further down on the left corner quadrangular area surrounded by three strands of barbed wire, behind which they see are three cows, two larger and one smaller, like a calf. The floor is indicated in ochre tones, thick texture, suggesting the straw of rice bundles. In the background, band in green tones suggesting acreage.

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  • Title: Rice Threshers
  • Date: 1956
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w45.5 x h30.5cm 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:group:children
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in bottom right corner "PORTINARI 56"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3468
  • Inscription: On stretcher, label "L’Arca Quadros e Molduras rua Augusta, 506 São Paulo”; faded stamp. On back of frame, illegible inscription.
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the panel “Rice Harvest” [FCO 1083]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3842