Composition in blue tones, gray, earthy, black, white, green and red. Outline shapes defined by black strokes. Cuíca player representation and one of the animals of the Bumba-meu-boi, the seahorse. In the foreground are seen, facing left, the seahorse and the man who wears the skirt makes the horse's body. Man has his head tilted back and turned toward his on the left shoulder. It seems to be a cowboy, with leather hat and dress in earthy tone and ochre with a few touches in red. It has large, bare feet and dark skin. The seahorse is in shades of gray and white with touches of black and red. He has twisted neck and looks back toward the man. The mouth is open revealing black and red teeth, the stylized mane hangs on the left and the tail is semilevantado with the tip falling down. Sitting on the floor on the left, opossum player slightly off to the right. It has blue beret on his head, face with characteristic features of the black race, dark skin. Wears checkered brown blouse green and light pants at the knees. Overly bulky arms and legs. The on the left leg is bent and crossing in front of on the right. On the left thigh, blue opossum being played. Ground and background with various geometric shapes in shades of gray, earthy and blue. At the bottom, on the right of center, port suggestion.


  • Title: Bumba-Meu-Boi
  • Date: 1942
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w44 x h32cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Brazilian Culture:popular celebrations:Bumba-meu-boi, human figure:man
  • Technique: gouache
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1830
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the panel “Seahorse” [FCO 3756]. Musicians Series
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1613

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