Composition in ochre (predominant), blue, gray, earthy, orange, yellow, rose, white and black tones. Smooth and thick texture with marked brushstrokes. Children's games and working It depicts succeed in geometrized plans that connect the extras in the entire area of ​​the composition. In the upper third It depicts in a field, looking from the left to the right: boy standing with his back, 3/4 facing right, dressed in white, with open arms towards the boy swinging at his side. The child is sitting on board suspended by ropes, you have your head up and legs outstretched in a position to be giving momentum forward. Wears blue shirts and orange pants sleeves rolled up to his knees. Male front, bent over and planting using brimmed hat; boy swinging from the front, with her legs in the air, with the side curved figure of a woman making harvest, dressed in blue and wearing brimmed hat. In the center, two batters rice, face to face at the table trunks, arms behind head holding rice beam, having on the left two horses side by side, the larger front and small, facing right. In to the right corner, scarecrow dressed in white, with arms and legs fluttering, flanked by two curved figures reaping rice and girl swinging profile to the right, also wearing blue pants and orange shirts. In the central third there are various distinguished groups. On the left, a circle made up of women hand in hand with bluish faces, some with flowing hair and others with buns or ponytails, all dressed in shades of geometrized blue except for the figure to the right of the circle, in profile with orange dress. Below the circle on the left, a group of girls facing forward, with different ethnic characteristics, forming a choir. On the left, group of field workers, some brown and black people carrying children on their laps. In the center, two small goats playing facing each other supported on their hind paws and with the front ones crossing the air; immediately below, a seesaw on the left diagonally to the right and from bottom to top with two children sitting at the ends. In the lower third to the left, two women face to face hopscotch: one, 3/4 toward to the right, has her hair in a ponytail, left arm raised and right leg bent back, as if hopping on one foot. She wears a blue dress and is barefoot. The other is facing the back, 3/4 turned to the left, has blond hair, long and falling on her back; she is in the same position of the figure in front of her, wearing an orange dress and also barefoot. Next to the duo, two boys upside down: one has his head down, supported on his hands, and the other has his legs in the air supported on the left hand with legs together, starting the jump. Just below, two boys leapfrogging: one curved, in profile to the left, with blond hair represented by thick brushstrokes and blue dress; the other boy is on top of him, facing forward, with his arms and legs apart, jumping, in white dress. In the center, the Bumba-Meu-Boi: man standing with his arms raised, wearing a horse costume, facing left with his head twisted up and back. The dress is geometrized in yellow, orange, ochres and gray. On the right, little boy sitting in front with a trap on his lap; boy facing back, upside down and giving a somersault; he heas dark hair represented by thick brushstrokes and wears blue shirt and greenish pants. Above this duo, white horse, facing forward, with head bowed to the right and left paw raised, on which a couple is riding, him with a bandit hat and her dressed as a bride. Along the lateral edge, an ill-defined figure in bright blue and carrying a ram on the back; man walking forward, wearing a hat with raised flaps and carrying on his back a boy with cone hat. Ochre and gray geometrical areas form the background and integrate the different groups, where the geometrical shapes decrease in proportion, integrating all the figures in the composition.


  • Title: Peace
  • 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: 1952
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w953 x h1400cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:working scenes:farming, social:peace, Brazilian Culture:scarecrow, Brazilian Culture:popular celebrations:Bumba-meu-boi, Brazilian Culture:children's games:play:seesaw, Brazilian Culture:children's games:play:swing, Brazilian Culture:children's games:play:somersault, Brazilian Culture:children's games:play:hopscotch, Brazilian Culture:children's games:play:leapfrog, Brazilian Culture:children's games:toys:bird trap, Nature:Animals:kid, Nature:Animals:horse, human figure:group:men, human figure:group:women, human figure:group:children
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in bottom left corner "PORTINARI RIO 1952-1956"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3798
  • Notes: Support is waterproofed plywood made of cedar from a ship, prepared at the Rio de Janeiro Yacht Club. The panel was painted in 14 independents, 2200 x 5000 cm modules, except those at the top edge, whose irregular top edge parallels the inclination of the wall for which the panel was designed.
  • Function: Work executed to decorate the headquarters of the United Nations, New York, USA.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3720

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