Men and Horses

Candido Portinari1951

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in blue tones, gray, ochre, yellow, orange, black, and white earthy. Smooth texture. Composition with three men, three horses and a cat against geometrized background. In the foreground, on the right, crouching man, facing three quarters to the left and head to the right, with on the right arm up holding sword and on the left hand down holding rifle. At his side, on the right prancing horse with back back, head turned to the right and a cat with its front paws resting on his back. In the background, on the left, man's suggestion, from the front, with back turned to the right, with rifles pointed at the cat. On the third level, on the left, front man with legs apart and rifle in his hands. More to the center, also in the third plane, prancing horse from the front, with head turned to the right. At the upper right corner, prancing horse in front. The whole composition is geometrized forming areas of light and dark. The figures and the animals are inserted into geometric areas.

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  • Title: Men and Horses
  • Date: 1951
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w47.5 x h36cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Nature:Animals:cougar, historical themes:characters:explorers, Nature:Animals:horse, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: gouache
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 76
  • Inscription: On reverse, inscriptions by Maria Portinari "‘Bandeirantes’, Tempera sobre cartão colado em compensado de madeira, de autoria de Candido Portinari. Autenticado por Maria Victoria Portinari,” "T” and "ON 963”.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2972