Composition in ochre, earthy, blue, rose, red, yellow and white. Rough texture obtained by the type of support. Smoke harvest It depicts with undefined and blue sky background. In the foreground, on the left, settler sitting on the floor in profile to the right, with the on the right leg bent and the hand resting on the knee. Figure undefined with hair, facial features, clothing and legs just outlined. Beside him, a bowl with suggestion of colorful fruits. On the right, big foot smoke with contoured sheets. In the background, in the center, man standing, curved front, picking tobacco leaves. wears brimmed hat that covers his face and wears white clothes with soft rose tones. Immediately behind and to the left, back figure, it seems to be in the same position of the central figure. On the right figure standing face to face with raised arms holding a gourd; has bare-chested and wears only blue pants. In the third level, on the left, wife suggested, seeming to have the on the right dash sustaining burden on the head, as well as the on the right figure. In the background, clear blue sky with small hill on the left, next to the horizon.


  • Title: Tobacco
  • Date: 1938
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w31 x h45cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:working scenes:tobacco, social:workers:female settler, social:workers:farm hand, human figure:group:men, human figure:woman, diverse:recurring elements:gourd
  • Technique: tempera
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom left "PORTINARI 1938"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3812
  • Inscription: On reverse, label "KARIN”.
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the mural painting “Tobacco” [FCO 1752]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-877

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