Composition in blue tones, red, green, black and white. Shading defining volume and some contour lines. Girl on a balcony watching the little Brodoswki Square, seeing themselves armed circus, a clown on a donkey and several children. In the foreground, to the left, back girl on a balcony watching the little Brodoswki Square who is ahead on the left fence with fence posts. In the background, center, donkey with clown sitting backwards, being pulled by a child; on the right group with several children walking behind the donkey. On the third level, to the left, a circus assembled and scattered trees. In the background, fences delimiting plantations, seeing to the center, the little church of Saint Anthony.


  • Title: Circus
  • Date: 1941
  • Physical Dimensions: w28.5 x h25cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Brazilian Culture:circus, Brazilian Culture:popular types:clown, Nature:Animals:donkey, Nature:landscape:Brodowski, human figure:child:girl, human figure:group:children
  • Technique: gouache , India ink brush
  • Signature: Stamped signature at bottom right edge "PORTINARI*". Undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1386
  • Function: Illustration no. 11 for the book “Maria Rosa,” by Vera Kelsey
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1510

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