Composition in blue tones, green, earthy, ochre, yellow, red, violet, white and gray. Smooth texture and marked brushstrokes. It depicts boy in the center of the composition, holding ram, occupying almost the entire support height. The boy is standing in front, his head bent down, looking at the sheep holding in his arms; leg stretched on the right and on the left on top of a wooden stump, turned to the right. It has suggested facial features, short hair; wear long sleeve, long pants and bare feet. He hugs the body against sheep standing facing to the left, with the head and front legs off the boy's arm. Floor in shades earthy, with light and dark bands. Background with mountain range in shades of blue and green sky "degrade" clearing to the skyline.


  • Title: Boy with Sheep
  • Date: 1954
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w46 x h55cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Nature:Animals:sheep, Nature:landscape:field, human figure:child:boy
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom right "PORTINARI 954"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 4233
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3318

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