Composition in black and white. Contour lines and shading. It depicts woman with the dead child in her lap. Woman faces, sitting on the floor with the leg stretched on the floor, to the right diagonal. She's got her head leaning forward on the torso, long hair pulled to the left side, covering his face. The on the left arm is raised and holds the head with her hand, to secure the on the right dead son. She is barefoot and her dress to the height of cinnamon. The boy is naked, supine, with fallen head back, looking up the facial features. A loose head, outlined in lower on the left margin. Plain background.


  • Title: Mother with Dead Son
  • Date: 1955
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: human figure:child:boy, human figure:woman
  • Technique: lead pencil
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 6114
  • Inscription: Signed and dated in dedication in bottom right corner "Para o Dr. Henri Gastaut com toda a simpatia de Portinari Rio 55"
  • Function: Study for the panel "Guerra" [FCO 3799]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-5012

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