Brodowski Square

Candido Portinari1939

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in tones earthy, ochre, green, red, white and blue. Smooth texture. It depicts Twelve boys around the streets of Brodowski, with oxen, trees and the little church of Saint Anthony. In the foreground on the left, four boys back, with on the right arms raised, center, tabby ox lying profile to the right and head forward, a little further on, a kind of shadow suggesting another ox; on the right, two boys, one profile to the left and another on his back, and a tree with slightly conical crown. In the background, on the left another boy; a tree with the central long canopy that is repeated five more times in the direction of the bottom composition disposed symmetrically on the left of the diagonal slightly to the right; on the right of center, a group with three other boys and more to the right, two more figures. On the third level, to the left, limiting ground wall, a tree and the little church of Saint Anthony on the right diagonal to the left from front to back, on the left hint of another wall. Background with the skyline, with blank sky growing dark gray on top.

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  • Title: Brodowski Square
  • Date: 1939
  • Location Created: Brodowski, São Paulo, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w55 x h46cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Brazilian Culture:children's games:play:soccer, Nature:Animals:ox, Nature:landscape:Brodowski, human figure:child:boy, human figure:group:children
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in bottom right corner "PORTINARI BROD 1948 [sic]"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1142
  • Notes: Work signed and dated later.
  • Inscription: On stretcher, inscription "Nº 52”.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1056