Composition in gray, blue, white, earthy, ochre, red and green. Rough and smooth texture. Representation of a dyer carrying a dress against dark background with balloons, kite and child. In the center of the composition, a little to the right, dark colored boy riding on bicycle, with the body front and the head turned to the left and up. Has the eyes and mouth rimmed by white lines, wear plaid shirt in red and white, white pants and carries the on the right-hand representation of a long dress fluttering in the air. In the background, on the right, boy on her back, legs spread and arms raised, with fully geared head back, looking up her face to face with the chin up. Above his head is a red kite which hangs a white wire that is rolled on the floor. Against the sky, between the head of Dyer and the dress, two balloons, with the on the left, blue, larger than the on the right. Dark background forming masses without defined design.


  • Title: Laundry Delivery Boy
  • Date: 1941
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w100 x h81.5cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Brazilian Culture:popular types:laundry man, human figure:child:boy
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom right "PORTINARI 1941"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1449
  • Inscription: On stretcher, label "Galerie Charpentier 76, Rue Du FG Saint Honoré – Paris. Anjou 57-61 [illegible] 82. Portinari 1946”.. On back of frame, inscription "911”; label from Artefact framing house.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1434

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