Composition in bright blue and yellow tones, and earthy, green, black, red and white tones. Prevalent smooth texture, as well as some thick . Couple embraced, with dreamlike landscape in the background. In the center of the composition, slightly to the left, front and sitting on a crate, mulatto couple embracing The woman on the left wears white dress with red polka dots with thick white brushstrokes on the skirt She has black hair blowing to the left, tucked by red tape. The woman's right arm and the man's left are crossed in front of them. The man on the right wears pants, blue-green jacket and a hat. There is no defined facial features and the legs of noth are poorly delineated. On the ground, covering their feet, earthy and green spot with lighter strokes extends to the sides, giving the effect of shadows. Also on the floor, to the left, cut tree trunk and on the right, a trunk with leaves . In the background, a dark band crosses the entire width of the support, and, to the right, we see the representation of small trees lined. In the third level, on the left and on the right, two earthy spots; the left one is smaller and lighter than the right one, suggesting irregular hills. Bright blue sky ending in an arched and clearing just above the horizon. Full moon representation on the left upper half.


  • Title: Lovers
  • 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: 1940
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w73 x h60cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:ethnic groups:Black, Nature:landscape:metaphysics, human figure:couple, human figure:man, human figure:woman, diverse:recurring elements:trunk
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in bottom left corner "PORTINARI 1940"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1453
  • Inscription: On stretcher, labels "Exhibit Riverside Museum 310 Riverside Drive New York” and "34/1”.. On back of frame, inscriptions "952”, "Portinari-Norberto”, "c/moldura” and "Queiróz 43107+PP FAZ FIRMO arred 7 xm + 213 OK”.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1233

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