Composition in black and white. Predominance of straight lines. Composition representing various groups of people and animals forming overlap areas resulting in a certain geometrics, wherein the background consists of geometric areas which complete the composition, resulting in an effect of perspective stoned with multiple plans. The composition is enclosed within the support whereby the upper edge is irregularly formed by straight line rising from the left to the right. From bottom to top, in what would be the foreground, a group of women with long hair in different positions, some with arms in the air as if they were praying, another holding a dead child in her arms; on the right, outline three animals that could be feline or canine, looking up a profile to the left side and with the head facing forward. In what would be the background, on the left of center, group of people just outlined; on the right group of horses, side by side, in profile to the left. In what would be the third plane, less defined group of which highlight two figures assembled profile horse to the left. Delimiting the area of ​​the composition, dark geometric areas arrematam drawing. Outside the on the left side margin of the composition, at the bottom, the human figure outline serving scale.


  • Title: War
  • Creator Lifespan: 1903-12-29 - 1962-12-06
  • Creator Nationality: Brazilian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Creator Birth Place: Brodowski, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Date: 1952
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w40 x h57cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Nature:Animals:wild animal, social:war, social:death, Nature:Animals:horse, human figure:child, human figure:group:women
  • Technique: lead pencil , crayon
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1149
  • Inscription: On reverse, authentication by Maria Portinari.
  • Function: Study for the panel “War” [FCO 3799]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3178

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