Northeastern Rafts

Candido Portinari1939

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in tones earthy, green, gray, ochre, blue, black, white and red. Smooth texture and visible brushstrokes. Composition with three figures representing raft, occupying almost the entire support area and two lower corners of the upper viewing composition in each woman. In the first plane, across the entire width of the support area of ​​the raft formed in seven trunks slightly diagonally on the left to the right, from front to back. About Your deck is seen, on the left of center, jangadeiro in profile standing to the right. It has dark skin, slightly tilted to the left head, seeing only part of the on the right ear and straight hair windswept. wears sleeveless shirt and white trousers in lightweight fabric lines suggested by irregular zigzag. His on the left arm is not visible and the on the right is extended forward holding in his hand a rectangular bowl suggesting hollowed trunk. Her legs are apart and that the on the right is earlier than the on the left and has bare feet. Ahead of this jangadeiro sees slightly billowing spinnaker, with "X" in the center, suggesting patch. A little further back, another jangadeiro, front, also with dark skin. Has the head turned slightly to the left face with defined facial features suggesting be looking at the other jangadeiro. wear wide-brimmed hat, clothes in dark gray tone whose pants are possibly rolled up. His arms are not visible, your legs are apart, her bare on the right foot and on the left hidden by the candle raft is ahead. Behind this figure is seen also part of another triangular sail. In front of the first jangadeiro, dark-skinned woman, standing with the upper body leaning forward, in profile to the left. His face is almost completely covered by her hairs are fallen. Wears sleeveless dresses and is barefoot. His arms are stretched down and secure with hands the tip of a network that is pulling out of the sea. To the right of the composition, still on the deck of raft a straw basket and a rectangular wooden bench. In the upper on the left corner of the composition, without sail small raft slightly diagonally, on which a woman is lying in a vertical decubitus. His skin is dark, has fallen head slightly to the left and crudely sketched facial features. Wears blue sleeveless dress; your arms are at your sides and your legs are stretched slightly apart and your feet are bare. At the upper right corner, another raft too small with spinnaker hoisted, and clear woman, standing, facing. She's the head turned slightly to the left and has outlined physiognomic traits. wears gray sleeveless dress has the arms along the body and bare feet. The three rafts are sailing in the sea in strong shades of blue and green. The wind seems rough and focus on those coming from different directions. They see some contrasts of light and shadow on the two women of the smaller rafts.

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  • Title: Northeastern Rafts
  • Date: 1939
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w347 x h310cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:workers:raftsman, Brazilian Culture:raft, human figure:group:women, human figure:man
  • Technique: tempera
  • Signature: Signed in bottom right corner "C.PORTINARI". Undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2566
  • Notes: Support spliced horizontally.
  • Function: Work executed to decorate the Brazilian Pavillion at the New York World’s Fair, with architectural design by Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer, commissioned by Armando Vidal, Brazilian general commissioner at the fair.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-986