Composition in blue tones, green, ochre, earthy, orange, yellow, violet, white and black. Smooth, thick texture in some areas and marked brushstrokes. Composition representing Jerk with fire pit in the center, two men digging mast with flag, children dropping fireworks and climbing trees, jumping stick man; the background forest suggestion and floor consists of geometrical areas in blue and earthy tones. On the left, two men holding up the mast with flag. One is standing in front, holding the mast and the other on his back, his body bent, as if straining to Finca it on the floor. Wear light-colored clothes, composed of geometrical areas. To the left of the fire, three women sitting on the floor, next to each other in perspective to the bottom, which help children to drop fireworks, holding his arms. The first wears orange dress; the second, orange and blue chess and the third yellow. The children are standing in profile to the right, hold the lit fires shower type, with arms stretched forward and sustained by the hands of mothers. In the center of the composition comprises fire a quadrangular symmetrically stacked sticks. To the right of the fire, woman standing in front, with the body bent forward, picking up sticks beam that is in front of him, probably to light the fire. As the girl standing behind her, standing, facing, wearing orange dress, holding a stick in his hands. Behind the fire group of five boys suggested in various positions, using clothes in blue tones, and two of them, loose fires shower type, suggested by compounds jets for numerous bright spots. To the right of them, a boy, two suggested trees, which rise two boys, one in each of them. On the right corner, man standing in profile to the left, wearing a blue hat and holding in his hands a stick firecracker, resting on the floor between her legs apart. A little further back, two boys suggestions, one of which, the front, cover his ears with his hands. The floor is composed of geometrical areas in predominantly blue tones in the center, gray and ochre, on the left and earthy and green on the right. Basically, kill Suggested indicated by geometrical areas in green tones, overlaid by lines that suggest the tree trunks.


  • Title: Night of Saint John's Festival
  • Date: 1957
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w71 x h58cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Brazilian Culture:popular celebrations:Festival of Saint John, human figure:group:women, human figure:group:children
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom left edge "PORTINARI 57"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3447
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-4220

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