Composition in ochre, earthy, red, rose, yellow, blue, white, black, orange, green and gray tones. Smooth texture, rough on the boy and sheep figures. Represents boy with sheep in the open field, against the background of hills and green sun. On the left foreground, blue sheep or goat, 3/4 to the right, lying, front legs stretched forward, head 3/4 to the left, ears back. At the center is a trap to catch birds in shades of brown with hints of blue and white. On the right, boy facing forward, kneeling, head down, hands holding wooden rods that make up a trap to catch birds. He has brown hair, wears yellow short-sleeved shirt and pants in shades of orange, blue and red. Arms, hands and left foot represented in red and white. Clay-colored ground. In the background, small elevations. Bright blue sky and green sun.


  • Title: Boy with Sheep
  • 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: w61 x h50cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Brazilian Culture:children's games:toys:bird trap, Nature:Animals:sheep, Nature:landscape:field, human figure:child:boy
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom right "PORTINARI 54"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 906
  • Inscription: On back of frame, labels "Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro. Rua da Imprensa 16-A – Nome e sobrenome: Candido Portinari – Título da Obra: Menino com Cabrito data: 1954. Gênero e dimensões: óleo s. tela – 0,50 x 0,61. Proprietário Mem Xavier da Silveira. End [...] Expos. Arte Brasileira em Buenos Aires, Rosário, Santiago e Lima data 1957”, "Candido Portinari Título: Menino com Cabrito (col. Dr. Mem Xavier da Silveira) óleo s. tela. (data 1954) Dimensões 0,50 x 061” and "Fink lote cx nº 27 São Paulo”; stamps "J. Eduardo Sanchez de Bustamante VISTA” and "Indústria Brasileira Fábrica de Molduras Ltda. Rua Aníbal Benévolo, 338”; inscriptions "‘Menino com Cabrito’ (Col. Dr. Mem Xavier da Silveira) 50.000,00" and "Portinary mold. nº 8B 61,5 x 50,5”.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3293

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