Composition in white tones, black, earthy, ochre, orange and blue. Contour lines and shading. It depicts a family background with hill and against slum. The group consists of a couple, two children and a woman. They have represented facial features, kinky hair, dark complexion and wear white clothes. In the foreground, on the left, boy standing in front with his face turned to the right, closed on the right hand on the face and on the left arm stretched to the right. Holding his on the left shoulder, a woman standing behind him, with the head turned to the left. On the right, almost back girl with her head toward the front, draped over the shoulders; she has longer hair than others, their clothing has orange spots and wears blue belt. In the center of the composition, front woman with hair parted in the middle, with bent on the right hand on his chest, and stretched his on the left hand like touching the toes to the head of the girl standing in front of him; wears rotated dress with square neckline and blue belt. To the right, a little behind the woman, a man standing in front, wearing brimmed hat, high-collared shirt, orange tie and jacket. In the middle of the group, a front goat. On the left side of the group, which seems to be part of a wall or a wooden trunk and on the right, a crate. In the background, a pole on the right and center, a hill with houses suggestion.


  • Title: Family
  • Date: 1940
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w50 x h66cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:ethnic groups:Black, Nature:Animals:dog, human figure:couple, human figure:group:children
  • Technique: oil , gouache , sepia , dry brush
  • Signature: Signed in bottom right corner "Portinari". Undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 5056
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1261

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