Composition in light blue tones, green, ochre, earthy, white and rose. Thick texture. It depicts two boys flying kites, occupying almost the entire area of ​​the composition against blue and green background. On the left, boy standing, 3/4 facing right, has square face, short hair, almond shaped eyes turned to the right, small nose, and full lips closed; using short-sleeved shirt, pants to below the knee; has her legs spread and bare feet, arms outstretched and raised diagonally from the left to the right, bottom to top. Safe on the right hands the thread of a kite-shaped diamond located in the upper on the right corner of the composition. On the right, another boy standing 3/4 facing left, square face has almost completely from the front, short hair, almond eyes facing forward, small nose, thin lips and closed; using short-sleeved shirt and shorts; has her legs spread and bare feet, arms outstretched and raised on the right diagonal to the left, from bottom to top, the wrist of his on the left hand is behind the wrist of the on the right hand on the other boy. Secure with both hands the thread of a pipe-shaped diamond located in the upper on the left corner of the composition. Background in shades of green and blue with large geometric areas. At the upper margin of the composition, between two pipes, a filled circle white. Behind the boys, shady area in green.


  • Title: Boys Flying Kites
  • Date: 1959
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w105 x h156cm 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:boy
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom left edge "PORTINARI 59"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1115
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-4449

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