Composition in tones earthy, gray, blue, white, black, red, green and yellow. Smooth texture, marked strokes, the figure contour made by broad brushstrokes. Composition representing boy upside down occupying almost the entire composition, with Hill's suggestion, figures and the evening sky in the background. In the foreground, center, mulatto boy, upside down, playing handstand, front; has a round face, black hair indicated mingling with the ground tones earthy, thin eyebrows, eyes wide open, broad nose, thick lips and closed. The figure has the on the right face in shadow area as well as the on the right side of his clothes caused by light from the on the left. The figure is with open arms, not seeing the hand which blend with the floor, legs spread wide and bare feet. wear light clothing, broad, with long sleeves and long pants. Further back, on the left, seated female figure from the front, with next quadrangular red spot on his on the left hand. On the right triangular band in ochre tones occupying the center of the on the right bank. Basically, the center, between boy's legs, dress female figure light yellow with white form in his hands raised and stylized hill Suggested indicating some shacks. On the right, three women arms raised, diagonally from the left to the right in perspective for background. Sky "degrade" blue, lighter near the horizon, which include large full moon in the center, small light spots of clouds, some suggested balloons and red kite display.


  • Title: Boy Doing Handstand
  • Date: 1940
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w60 x h72.5cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Brazilian Culture:children's games:play:handstand, Brazilian Culture:children's games:toys:balloon, Brazilian Culture:children's games:toys:kite, Nature:landscape:metaphysics, human figure:child:boy
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in bottom left corner "PORTINARI 1940"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3074
  • Inscription: On stretcher, label "RENATO MAGALHÃES GOUVÊA ESCRITORIO DE ARTE Rua Pelotas 475 Fone: 70-5555 São Paulo 04012”; inscription "A 447”. On reverse, inscription "A 447”.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1206

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