Composition in black and white. Defining boundary lines and shading setting volume. Half-bust Thaian Melo Lima, against a plain background. The portrayed 3/4 is turned to the right, with a long face, short hair combed back, wide forehead and thick straight eyebrows, big eyes turned to the right, straight nose, and full lips closed, rounded chin, long neck and thin . Suggested blouse or dress-neck "V". Basically, at the neck, the word "THAIS", with the letters "THA" are on the left and "IS" on the right.


  • Title: Portrait of Thais Mello Lima
  • Date: 1959
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w29 x h41.5cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: portrait:woman, human figure:woman
  • Technique: charcoal
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom right "Portinari 59"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 456
  • Inscription: Inscription in bottom half "THA IS”. At bottom edge, inscriptions by Maria Portinari "Desenho de autoria de Candido Portinari, autenticado por Maria Victoria Portinari” and "Nº 477”. On back of frame, "DN 699”.
  • Function: Study for the painting “Portrait of Thais de Mello Lima” [FCO 1576]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-4663

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