Composition in black and white. Contour lines, overlapping lines, intersecting and shaded. Composition representing the forest felling It depicts with three indigenous working, seeing to the bottom a doe. To the left of center, Indian standing, facing, with ax in the hands with which strikes tree on the left of the composition. The Indian has the strong body wears thong feathered, is with legs wide open and bare feet. Behind him, several logs already cut, scattered on the floor. To the right, two indigenous, one facing the other, bent down and ready to pick up a log resting on the ground. The front is on his back, naked and with legs ajar. The bottom faces, wears thong and is also with legs apart. In the background, in the center, Profile doe to the left, with ears, eyes and nose indicated. In the background, suggesting the forest tree trunks.


  • Title: Woodcutters
  • Creator Lifespan: 1903-12-29 - 1962-12-06
  • Creator Nationality: Brazilian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Creator Birth Place: Brodowski, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Date: 1954
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w47 x h37.5cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:working scenes:lumber, social:ethnic groups:Indian, social:workers:woodcutter, Nature:Animals:donkey, human figure:man
  • Technique: lead pencil
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom left "Portinari 54"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3845
  • Notes: Support affixed to yellow cardboard.
  • Function: Illustration for the January page of Panair do Brasil's 1955 calendar.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3283

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