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Children’s Games

Candido Portinari1944

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in ochre (predominant), earthy, gray, white, rose, yellow, blue, red and green. Rough texture result of its support of the work. monumental composition depicting children playing. Superimposed planes, distorted perspective and transparency effects represented by colored geometrical areas and result in light and shadow and chiaroscuro, and contribute to the great dynamism of the composition. At the center, an area in light tone contrasting with what surrounds it is in darker shades. Children are alone or in groups, some playing, others just watching what goes on around them. On the left, below, horseback mounted boy, backwards. The animal appears to be on a platform, is in profile to the left and has his head down as if grazing. His hair is clear with scattered small circles suggesting be painted. The boy is in profile to the right and head toward the back 3/4; he's just worked around, suggesting transparency. Has shrunken legs and your arms are supported on the horse's back. More up girl, also outlined suggesting transparency, sitting in profile to the left and with his face forward, has straight legs and wears dress with polka dots. A little further up and to the right, two boys jumping carrion; the first, also represented by transparency, is standing in profile to the left and with trunk and head tilted down; the second is in the air, with open arms and legs, his face has no defined facial features seeing only the hair windswept. wears of diamonds, printed pants dots shirt. In the center of the composition against a lighter background area, composed of six wheel and two children playing in the center goat-blind. The wheel of perspective is as if it were being viewed from a higher plane. The wheel bottom of see are two boys: what is more to the right, has his back, with his head back and in profile to the left, you have the good legs apart, looking up ankles and feet profile to the left, suggesting force for defining the muscles. His on the left arm is stretched to the side and his hand is intertwined to the right hand of the other boy who is about the same plane. This boy sees only the strong on the right hand, leg and on the right foot suggesting are well clear of the on the left, and his head is in profile to the right. On his on the right arm profile boy's head to the left using paper hat. Your body is not visible lying at his side a group of four boys who are on the outside of the wheel; two of them wear paper hat, and one is kneeling in front on the left leg and holding a top in his on the left hand, the other has a profile head to the left; and two that are in profile to the right and one of them sitting on the floor with legs drawn up. Turning the wheel, you see, further up, another boy in front with legs apart, head tilted to the right and suggestion are wearing dark clothing. Rounding out the wheel three boys: a front with the head tilted down, one profile to the left and another to the profile of the body, but with the head forward. Inside the wheel, sees the center, boyish face, with arms and open legs and blindfolded. On the right, another boy nearly edge-on to the left kneeling on the left leg, using harlequin shirt. Off the wheel to the right, below, three girls in a row sitting on the floor in profile to the left, with heads facing upwards and arms outstretched on the right up and on the left over the bodies, wear print dresses with small dots. To the right of the composition, a seesaw two boys running through almost the entire side of the composition, diagonally from the right to on the left and from bottom to top. The boy who is down is in profile to the left, wears paper hat and patterned clothing by black lines vertically symmetrically. What's up on the seesaw has not set face, his arms are open and wear printed clothing dots. More to the right and at the top, girl walking to the left with the on the right arm stretched out holding what would be a bunch of flowers. On this side of the composition the background not only presents existing colors throughout the composition as well as areas in shades of rose and blue, filled with traces vertically symmetrically, also seeing-band diagonally, following the same direction of the seesaw that is striped blue and white.

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  • Title: Children’s Games
  • Date: 1944
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w1295 x h477cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: diverse:objects:bird trap, diverse:objects:gourd, Brazilian Culture:children's games:play:ring-around-a-rosy, Brazilian Culture:children's games:play:seesaw, Brazilian Culture:children's games:toys:bird trap, Nature:Animals:horse, human figure:group:children
  • Technique: tempera
  • Signature: Signed and dated in middle of right edge "[POR]TINARI 1945"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1760
  • Function: Work executed to decorate waiting room of the minister’s office at the Palácio Gustavo Capanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2300

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