Composition in gray tones, earthy, ochre, green, white and yellow. Rough texture, a result of its support of the work. It depicts five farmers robust complexion working in the cane harvest. In the foreground, on the left, profile man to the right, with the torso tilted forward, carrying on his back a large bundle of reeds tied by ropes cut. Have dark skin, folded on the right arm covering almost his face, holding a piece of string tying beam; It has the legs slightly bent and the on the right is earlier than the on the left. wear light clothing - sleeveless shirt, own those who carry burdens and rolled up pants below the knees - and is barefoot. In the background, on the right, two cane cutters, also with dark skin in profile standing to the right, side by side, looking up in front of the sugarcane plantation. What is closer is folded and securely on the right arm a machete at head height, as if ready to cut a walking cane holding with his on the left hand. It also wears light clothing - short-sleeved shirt and pants rolled up below the knees - and is barefoot, but the on the right is earlier than the on the left. The figure is a side wears its light clothing and wide-brimmed straw hat and with the body part concealed by his cane cutter side. Between these two figures we see on the ground, a gourd and a bundle of sugar cane. On the third level, to the left, another charger cane, from the front part covered by the figure in the foreground. He's leaning forward and wears the position you hat covers his face, holds with both hands the strings holding the beam rod bearing in the back. In the background, on the right, worker standing back to back, with the upper body leaning forward, using wide-brimmed hat and light clothing. At the upper right corner margin of the composition, one can see part of the sugarcane crop foliage. The first and second planes, on the ground, five cane beams scattered in different positions.


  • Title: Sugar Cane
  • Date: 1938
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w247 x h280cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:working scenes:sugar cane, social:ethnic groups:Black, social:workers:farm hand, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: fresco
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1749
  • Function: Work executed to decorate the meeting room at the Palácio Gustavo Capanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ.. Economic Cycles
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-908

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