Composition in tones earthy (predominant), ochre, green, gray, blue, white and red. Smooth texture and marked brushstrokes. Composition representing Brodowski It depicts in court, with clown riding on donkey followed by a group of children, circus tent, houses, the little church of Saint Anthony, fences, cue trees and sky background track with suggested moon. In the foreground, in the center of the composition, clown mounted back on a gray donkey that is in profile to the left. The clown is in profile to the right; Hat wears cone-shaped, red, white overalls blue polka dots and wide, with huge frill around the neck. He's on the right arm stretched toward the group of children that lies ahead. The group consists of about ten children, at various positions, suggested by the heads and the light-colored clothes. To the left of the composition, corner of a house with window suggested. More on the right, Profile child figure to the right, heading for the core group and wearing light clothing of black lists. Later on, tangle of clear lines suggesting a rope. On the right around rounded corner formed by poles connected by three parallel horizontal wires. In the background, on the left, areas sectioned by fencing in perspective for background, interspersed with houses. Further on, on the left of center, the tent of the circus, in earthy-rose tones with white picket fence. Almost in the center post in a cross shape and more to the right, the little church of Saint Anthony in shades clear earthy. On the right ahead, convertible car suggestion and a house. Across the square, whose floor is in shades earthy, cue trees in perspective for background, some figures and houses linked by white beading. Basically, narrow horizontal band suggesting sky at dusk, lighter near the horizon and full moon suggestion to the right of center of the composition.


  • Title: Circus
  • Date: 1940
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w100 x h81.5cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Brazilian Culture:circus, Brazilian Culture:popular types:clown, Nature:landscape:Brodowski, human figure:group:children
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in bottom left corner "PORTINARI 1940"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3480
  • Inscription: On stretcher, labels "Perls Galleries 72 East 58th St, New York 22 N.Y. nº Artist Portinari Circus Scene”, "Museum of Modern Art Loan 40-4177 Artist” and "Galeria Bonino Autor Candido Portinari Título O Circo Medida 080 x 100 Notas várias óleo 1940 Acervo Galeria Bonino Rio de Janeiro”; inscriptions "BR 2124” and "79”.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1203


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