Composition in black and white. Straight, angular and shaded lines. Worker with girl in her arms, The scene at the mill. In the foreground, in the center, Profile man on the left carrying a girl on his lap. Wears short-sleeved shirt, pants at the time of the shins and wears straw hat. The woman is in profile to the right, seems to have rag on his head, on the left arm around the man's neck and fell on the right arm along the body. To the left, a little more in the background, worker, curved front, with head down, wearing a hat and holds in his hands a hoe. On the right tuft of vegetation. In the background, on the right, in a thatched house. At the bottom, horizontal and inclined straight lines represent vegetation, having on the left figure sketched woman with child on her lap. All figures are black and represented without facial features. On the floor shaded broad lines cutting width composition, light-dark balancing assembly.


  • Title: Working Couple
  • Date: 1959
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w18.3 x h25cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:workers, human figure:couple, human figure:child, human figure:man, human figure:woman
  • Technique: etching , aquatint
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 826
  • Function: Original illustration no. 23 for the book “Menino de engenho,” by José Lins do Rego
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-4642

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