Composition in ochre, violet tones, earthy, green, ochre, red, blue, black, white and gray. Intersecting lines, parallel and tangled. Composition representing kneeling woman with her dead son in her arms, occupying the center of the support area against background with arid lanscape suggestion. The woman has dark skin, it is kneeling in front, with his head, almost completely hidden by long black hair fallen. wears violet dress and is barefoot. His arms are folded holding dead boy, horizontal. The child's head is to the left, seeing if your facial features; your body is squalid, on the right arm lying in the vertical and on the right legs, flexed. The floor of the composition is represented by dashed pale yellow tone; sky blue tone also dashed, seeing himself on the right yellow circle suggesting sun.


  • Title: Woman with Dead Son
  • 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
  • Physical Dimensions: w29.5 x h40.5cm 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: color crayon, sanguine, crayon
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3708
  • Inscription: Signed in dedication at bottom right "Para a Chiara lembrança dos bons passeios que nos proporcionou e a amizade de Portinari Capri V- 1956”. Undated
  • Function: Study for the panel “War” [FCO 3799]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3594

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