Composition in black shades, blue, red ochre and white. Contour lines and intersecting lines. Composition representing woman with the dead child in her arms, occupying almost the entire support area against plain background. Woman is kneeling on the right leg, from the front, with the profile head to the left. It has straight black hair, long, tangled and face revealing anguished expression. wear long dress sleeves in blue and white tones and are barefoot. Safe in his arms, as if protecting naked child, squalid, who is with the head resting on his on the right shoulder and bent and fallen legs.


  • Title: Woman and Child
  • Date: 1955
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w23.5 x h41cm 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, lead pencil
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom right "Portinari 55"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3729
  • Notes: Support affixed to cardboard.
  • Inscription: Inscription at bottom right "guerra O.N.U.”
  • Function: Study for the panel “War” [FCO 3799]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3539

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