Composition in ochre, blue, green, rose, black, and white earthy (support). Smooth and thick texture. Composition representing woman with dead child in her arms, occupying the entire stand area. Woman faces, kneeling with face in profile to the right. Your skin as well as the child is represented in shades of rose and green, accentuating the expressiveness of the composition. His face is well defined facial features - semi-long black hair combed back, straight forehead, almond-shaped eye to the right, revealing anguished expression, aquiline nose and lips parted. He is holding hands on her neck and arms flexed among which carries squalid dead child who is with the head and legs bent on the right down to the left. Woman is on the right knee and walking with bent fingers, on the left leg bent with foot serving to support the body. Ground dark ochre with the horizon at the time of the woman's arms. Blue sky with on the left circle in lighter shades, suggesting the moon.


  • Title: Mother
  • Date: 1955
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w110 x h160cm 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: Signed at bottom left "PORTINARI". Undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3674
  • Notes: Support is waterproofed plywood made of cedar from a ship.
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the panel “War” [FCO 3799]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3541

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