Composition in blue, gray, earthy, ochre, green, yellow, rose, orange, red, white and violet tones. Smooth texture. Boys and girls flying kites in the open landscape. In the foreground, on the left, boy facing forward, sitting on the floor, putting kites together. Face turned slightly to the left and down with indicated facial features. Short-sleeved shirt in shades of green and pants a little above the knees; legs spread and bare feet. Safe in the hands, in his lap, red kite paper; around him, pieces of kites, finished kites of red and blue. In the background, on the left of center, boy looking back, standing, dropping red and orange kite with a tail. He has blond hair, wears a blue shirt and short lilac pants, legs apart and bare feet. On the right center, girl looking back, releasing rose kite with tail. She has long hair, wears blue long-sleeved shirt and colored ruffled skirt; her legs are apart and her feet are bare. On the third level, on the right of center, boy looking back, standing, releasing blue and yellow kite with tail. He has blond hair, long-sleeved pink shirt and blue pants, legs apart and barefoot. In the sky, we see three more kites flying loose, one on the left, above the head of the boy sitting on the floor and two in the center of the area of ​​the composition. Children are on flat terrain with thick vegetation, suggesting tracks. At the bottom, near the horizon, on the center, indication of another child. Sky in gradient from white to dark blue at the top edge.


  • Title: Boys Flying Kites
  • 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: 1947
  • Location Created: Brodowski, São Paulo, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w73.5 x h60.5cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Brazilian Culture:children's games:play:flying kites, human figure:child:girl, human figure:child:boy, human figure:group:children
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom right "PORTINARI 1947"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2807
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2532

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