Composition in dark tones of earthy, red, green and black and ochre, gray, blue and white. Smooth texture and effects scrapings that define the hair and feathers of animals. Composition representing animals in a forest. In the foreground, on the left, pork-eating fox in profile standing to the right, looking to prey on the right and raised ears; on the right, B bird a tree log, back; has his head turned to the right in blue tone, as well as the neck, red body, wings spread in shades of red, white and blue and gray long tail. In the background, center, giant anteater standing in profile to the left, taking up almost the entire width of the support, just above his neck to see if a blue butterfly flying. On the left, the first visible trunk tree composition. On the third level, one sees the other trees, which also only the trunks are visible, which are distributed symmetrically and perspective to the bottom; the on the left, a doe lying on their feet, 3/4 turned to the left and with the head forward; on the right, three dogs and a deer, all profile to the left, running with straight legs in the air. In the background, on the left, three deer, side by side, in profile to the left with the bent front legs and stretched back; on the right, two dogs profile to the left and a profile of deer to the right, all running. At the upper right corner edge of the support, are seen three red birds flying, profile to the right, they have long beaks and are with open wings. Might falling from the left of the composition, lighting up the tree trunks and light hitting the front of the composition, strongly illuminating the bird in the foreground and the anteater hair, which stands out from the rest of the composition. On the forest floor are seen various pitas and small tufts of stylized plants.


  • Title: Forest III
  • Date: 1938
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w139 x h159cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Nature:Animals:ibis, Nature:Animals:boar, Nature:Animals:butterfly, Nature:Animals:dog, Nature:Animals:wild pig, Nature:Animals:anteater, Nature:Animals:deer, Nature:landscape:forest
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in bottom right corner "C.PORTINARI 1938"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1695
  • Function: Work executed to decorate a dining room wall in the residence of José Thomaz and Maria do Carmo Nabuco, Rio de Janeiro, RJ.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-920

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