Composition in white tones, gray, earthy, violet, lilac, blue, ochre, green, yellow and red. Rough texture. It depicts loading cultivation and smoke composed of three figures compared geometrized background. The figures are standing in the center of the composition. On the left, front man with head bowed down, using wide-brimmed hat that completely covers his face, arms extended toward a foot smoke in front and legs apart. Wears white clothes with red polka dots on the shirt. In the center, a little further back, back man, leaning on his on the left leg and his head tipped to the left, wearing purple hat, white shirt with dark dots and purple pants. On the right profile black woman on the left carrying a sort of rectangular basket on his head and wearing just blue dress on the body. All are barefoot and skirted by black line. On the ground tobacco leaves in front of the woman and shapes that look like flowers in the foreground and the background, on the right between the two figures. Geometrized background behind the figures.


  • Title: Tobacco
  • Date: 1939
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w55.5 x h46cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:working scenes:tobacco, social:ethnic groups:Black, social:workers:farm hand, human figure:man, human figure:woman
  • Technique: oil and sand
  • Signature: Signed and dated in bottom left corner "PORTINARI 1939"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2303
  • Notes: Work destroyed in the 1980s in a fire at the owner’s residence.
  • Inscription: On reverse, inscription by Maria Portinari "OB”.. On stretcher, labels "Carnegie Institute [illegible] Pittsburgh. To Tobacco-oil paint [illegible] By Candido Portinari Owned by the Artist Catalogue nº 38. Museum of Modern Art Nº 40.4170 Portinari Nº53” and "Museum of Modern Art Loan 40.4170 ARTIST”; inscriptions "Nº 53”, "B x 2-30” and "111”.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1010

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