Composition in yellow, blue, red, earthy, black and green tones. Contour lines and shading. Bust of a girl against blue background, occupying almost the entire support area. The girl faces forward, has a round face, dark hair in braids, falling to shoulder height with loops at the ends and a bow also high on the head. Narrow forehead, thin eyebrows and straight, big, round eyes facing forward, long, narrow nose, thick lips parted, small, square chin. Thin neck showing the beginning of yellow clothes, V-neck, and collar with details in red and green.


  • Title: Girl with Braids and Bows
  • Date: 1955-12
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w20 x h34.5cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: human figure:child:girl, human figure:limbs:head
  • Technique: lead pencil , crayon, colored pencil
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 975
  • Inscription: Signed and dated in dedication at bottom edge "Para os amigos: Embaixatriz e Embaixador Shaltiel, lembrança afetuosa de Portinari XII 55”
  • Function: Ambassador and Ambassadress Shaltiel, to whom the artist gave the work as a gift, were Israeli diplomats serving in Brazil in the 1950s when they befriended the artist.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3703

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