Composition in blue tones, black, earthy, green, lilac, ochre and rose. Smooth texture and marked brushstrokes. Half-length front woman with long hair covering her face and head in his hands, occupying almost the entire stand area. The figure seems to be sitting, hunched, his elbows resting on the legs; have your arms in front of the body and hands together with fingers crossed resting his forehead in prayer position. Black, smooth and long hair covering his face leaving a glimpse of the nose and mouth. Wears blouse in blue seeing a part of the striped skirt of blue and black. Broad shoulders, arms and hands depicted with anatomical deformity accentuate the expressiveness of the figure, as well as the strong tones that contrast with the background geometrized in pastel shades of blue, green, lilac and ochre.


  • Title: Woman Crying
  • 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: 1955
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w111 x h161cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:war, human figure:woman
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Stamped signature in bottom right corner "PORTINARI *". Undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2029
  • Notes: Support is waterproofed plywood made of cedar from a ship.
  • Inscription: On reverse, inscriptions by Maria Portinari "‘Mulher Chorando’ do mural ‘guerra’ pintado por Candido Portinari em 1957, para seu amigo embaixador Jayme de Barros. Maria Victoria Portinari” and "111 x 161, 114 x 165 [scratched out]”.. On reverse, label "MAISON DE LA PENSÉE FRANÇAISE 2, RUE DE L’ÉLYSÉE PARIS – VIII e 8-FEMME SE TENANT LA TETE”; round stamp "PARIS – EXPOSITIONS – DOUANES”.. On back of frame, inscriptions "Portinary 1 mold nº 8B c/ Bizol de 9cm” and "160 x 111”; stamp from framing house located at Rua Aníbal Benévolo 338 – Rio de Janeiro.
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the panel “War” [FCO 3799]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3613

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