Composition in blue tones, ochre, rose, gray, yellow, orange, white, and green earthy. Rough and smooth texture. Two boys dressed as clowns, playing in seesaw outdoors and having the bottom part of a plantation, open country, hills and sun or moon. In the foreground two clowns playing seesaw represented diagonally extending from the lower on the left to the upper on the right of the composition. The two clowns wear white clothes with diamonds, rectangles and squares colored. They wear clown hats in orange tone and have bare feet. The on the left will little clown is sitting on the seesaw at the next end of the floor. He is in profile to the right, his hands holding the board of the seesaw and toes touching the ground. His head is lifted up, turned toward the other boy who sat on the right at the top end of the seesaw. This little clown is 3/4 on the left, has open arms to the sides, hands flat and bare feet. Below him, on the right, two barrels placed on the floor. One is orange, the other is white. In the background on the left, part of a plantation and path. In the background, open, skyline, two hills to the left and light blue sky. At the top, the sun or moon in gray tone.


  • Title: Little Clowns on Seesaw
  • 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: 1957
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w65 x h54cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Brazilian Culture:children's games:play:seesaw, Brazilian Culture:children's games:toys:kite, Brazilian Culture:popular types:clown, Nature:landscape:field, human figure:child:boy
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom right "PORTINARI 57"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1823
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-4226

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