Composition in tones orange, blue, black, brown and white. Rapid and overlapping contour lines and hachuriados. Composition representing boy's head with hands framing the face, occupying almost the entire area of ​​the composition, against plain background. The figure is from the front, has the angular face, matted hair represented by numerous overlapping lines, fallen lock on the forehead and shaded in white. It has very narrow forehead, suggested eyebrows, round eyes together and fon the rightened expression, broad nose, lips closed and fallen, square chin marked by grave. The figure is with his arms raised, bypassing his face with his hands spread in a gesture of terror or despair. The face, neck and hands, are filled with colorful scribbles and graffiti that overlap. Plain background.


  • Title: Head of Child
  • Date: 1955
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w20.5 x h24.5cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: human figure:child:boy, human figure:limbs:head
  • Technique: lead pencil , color crayon
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3939
  • Inscription: On back of frame, inscription "9491 canhamo 27,6 x 23,5cm”; label from Artefact framing house.
  • Function: Sketch
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3521

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