Composition in ochre, gray, green, earthy, blue, rose, white and black. Smooth texture and marked brushstrokes. Three men dancing frevo and standing clarinet playing against geometrized background. The three dancers are facing. The clarinet is at the on the left end of the composition, 3/4 back facing to the right, behind the arm of the first picture, using tabs fallen hat, suit and shoes. The first dancer has head turned upward; It is lowered, with the on the right foot planted on the ground and the leg stretched on the left with the sole of the foot forward; arms away from the body and open hands; wear pants to the knees and undefined shirt. The second dancer is standing, head turned to the left; arms raised to on the right, with the on the right cross in front of the body, holds an open umbrella; wear shirt sleeves and long pants. The third dancer is standing, with knees bent, one foot forward and the other facing left; profile body to the right, head indefinite; on the left arm raised, with the flat hand forward, and on the right arm stretched forward, also with open hand; wear long sleeve shirt and long pants. At the upper left corner of the support half a rectangle with friezes representing a window. Background wide-geometrism behind the figures.


  • Title: Frevo Dance
  • Date: 1956
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w33 x h35cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Brazilian Culture:dance:Frevo, Brazilian Culture:musicians:clarinet player, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in bottom left corner "PORTINARI 56"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3550
  • Notes: Support affixed to wood.
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the panel “Frevo Dance” [FCO 2554]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3786

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