Auxiliadora da Silva captures the vibrant life of Brazil’s largest city just as the skies have opened up over a neighborhood, possibly her own. A keen observer with a great sense of narrative, she included individuals with a range of skin tones in a variety of dress indicative of the country’s diverse classes and ethnic heritage. Her wit is evident in passages such as the taxi speeding away from a customer trying to hail it. At the same time, gestures such as a woman handing an umbrella to another out a window underscore a more positive side of humanity.


  • Title: Chuva Sobre São Paulo (Rain over São Paulo)
  • Creator: Maria Auxiliadora da Silva
  • Date Created: 1971
  • Physical Dimensions: 27 1/2 x 35 3/8 in.
  • Provenance: Mario Schemberg, Brazil. 1998, Cesar Aché, Rio de Janiero; 1998, sold by Aché to John Axelrod, Boston; 2011, sold by Axelrod to the MFA.
  • Subject Keywords: African American Artist
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: The John Axelrod Collection—Frank B. Bemis Fund and Charles H. Bayley Fund. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: MFA Website Entry
  • Medium: Oil and mixed media on canvas

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more


Google apps