Composition in gray, purples, blue, green, lilac, earthy, black, ochre and white. Smooth texture in the background, strokes marked on the clothes of the figure and thick black hair. Woman kneeling on his back, bent, carrying in his arms dead child against geometrized background. The figure is bent slightly toward the on the left, seeing of the head with black hair represented by thick brush strokes. Curved body, violet dress to the knees, leaving legs and feet on display, with fingers on the floor and the front foot. Carries in her arms dead child partially hidden by his body, looking to the right, the head almost turned profile up and fallen on the left arm to the left, the two very thin legs and bare feet. Geometrized Fund, formed by quadrangular areas in gray and blue tones.


  • Title: Kneeling Woman with Dead Son
  • 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: 1955
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w200 x h130cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:war, social:death, human figure:child:boy, human figure:woman
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3809
  • Notes: Support is waterproofed plywood made of cedar from a ship.
  • Inscription: On reverse, labels "ANDREW CRISPO GALLERY 41 EAST 57 STREET NEW YORK CITY 10022 212-758-9190 ARTIST CANDIDO PORTINARI (1903-1962) STOCK Nº 81-AGG– 143 TITLE ‘Kneeling Woman’ YEAR 1954-55 MEDIUM Oil on board PHOTO Nº SIZE 51 x 78-3/4 inches 129,5 x 200,0CM”, "CANDIDO PORTINARI Kneeling Woman 1954-55 Oil on Wood 5l 1/4 x 78 1/2”, "XII” and "CDS 13 East 75th Street New York 10021 (212) 772-9555 PORTINARI CANDIDO KNEELING WOMAN 130 x 199”; inscriptions "DECI 81 LOT 120” and "PEDRO”.
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the panel “War” [FCO 3799]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3565

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