12. CaiPira Picando Fumo (CaiPira Cutting Tobacco), 1893. Another of Almeida Jr.'s tan-skinned workers from the countryside, shown in a moment of rest. A nativist geme scene that, in the trajectory of Brazilian art history, seems ahead of its time. The audience for these paintings, seen in the context of government-sponsored exhibitions in Rio, would have likely viewed it as picturesque and nostalgic. The desire to "keep up" with French tastes would have given greater importance to the subject matter in urban anecdotes like The Importunate.
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