Candido Portinari1942

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in gray tones (predominant), white, black and red. Smooth, thick ink buildup in some areas and marked brushstrokes. Composition representing woman It depicts involving six children in his arms in a gesture of protection, occupying almost the entire area of ​​the composition against background composed of geometrical areas that suggest buildings. Woman is kneeling on his on the left leg, his body almost in front and the profile head to the left. The figure is significantly deformed, especially in the dimensionality of its members and neck. He has dark hair, bulging on the left eye, mouth ajar with red tongue revealing anger expression and extremely elongated neck. The arms and protect snared six children, and the on the right also snared his on the right knee. Hands, almost intertwine, are significantly large and misshapen and have her nails painted red. The on the left leg is bent and the figure is practically sitting on it with his foot, supported only by the fingers on the floor. Children are indicated by overlapping circles that suggest their heads, in two rows, three on each side. All have large, round eyes, at least indicated. The first from the on the left, you can see the on the right arm and deformed hand over her mouth. The floor is suggested by the gray area in darker than the background. In the background, hint of buildings, composed of geometrical areas indicating plans. To the right of center, ladder, and later, a hint of garnet and clear triangular area, filled with dark spots.

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  • Title: Mother
  • Date: 1942
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w80.5 x h99cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: religious:religious scenes:mothers' wrath, human figure:group:children, human figure:woman
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3408
  • Inscription: On reverse, stamps "Instituto de Battioli de Restauro e Pesquisa Brasil” and "Art, Oscar Freire, 502 Ass de Ralph Camargo”.
  • Function: Study for the panel “The Last Bulwark” [FCO 2736]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1743