Composition in blue, red, ochre, yellow, green tones, white, earthy, black, rose and white. Smooth texture. Portrait of the Republic of former President Janio Quadros half-bust, against urban and rural lanscape in the background. The depicted has the head from the front, slightly turned to the left, has an oval face, dark hair combed back, forming a slight tuft, sees the on the right ear, forehead with slight wrinkles and outlined eyes with thin-rimmed glasses, dark, serious look back to the left. Straight nose, dark mustaches, full lips. Wears white shirt, tie and blue suit, looking up the neck. Background with various work It depicts in the countryside and in the city. On the left, five peasants in various positions plowing. At the top of several buildings. On the right view of factories, workers and bags of coffee cells. Treatment of the fund is made with lines and geometric areas that focus on the face of the portrayed causing light angles and shadow and transparency effects.


  • Title: Portrait of Jânio Quadros
  • Date: 1961
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w18 x h28cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: portrait:man, human figure:man
  • Technique: gouache
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom right "PORTINARI 61"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 43
  • Inscription: On reverse, inscriptions by Maria Portinari "ON 625” and "Nº 769”.
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch, not used, for the painting “Portrait of Jânio Quadros” [FCO 5086]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-4859

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