Composition in white tones, black, red ochre, blue and rose. Contour lines, overlapping and straight. Composition representing child sitting on the floor hugging the neck of a sheep, occupying almost the entire area of ​​the composition against smoky background, cut by straight lines that intersect. The boy is on the left of the composition, sitting on the floor and leaning slightly back and to the right. He has black hair, facial features and suggested the shaded face in blood, cut by almost parallel vertical lines. He's folded arms linking the animal, with his on the right hand holding his neck. Is inflected with and cross-legged, with the on the right over the on the left. wear light clothing, filled with black and blue lines and have bare feet. The ram is standing in profile to the left, with his head held high; have nose, eyes and ears indicated. The body is filled with black lines and blue, darker in the posterior region, especially in the legs. The animal's body near the boy's elbow, rose colored circle. To the right of the center circular area over the central dark spot, from where straight lines intersect and other small touch points marked on the support, suggesting vanishing points.


  • Title: Boy with Sheep
  • Date: 1955
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w36.5 x h26.5cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Nature:Animals:sheep, human figure:child:boy
  • Technique: crayon, sanguine, colored pencil
  • Signature: Signed at bottom right "Portinari". Undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3520
  • Inscription: On back of frame, label from L’Arca framing house.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3462

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