Composition in gray tones, white, earthy, black, blue, red and green. Smooth texture, color areas, and marked brushstrokes. It depicts quartet of musicians occupying almost the entire support area against geometrized background. Pictures are of the black race, are outlined in black and have outlined physiognomic traits. From the left to the right is seen clarinetist harlequin dress, with cone-shaped hat, standing and facing. Has arms folded in whose safe hands the clarinet is playing. His clothing is of diamonds defined by black lines, all of which contain short strokes in red. To his on the left, front man sitting with his head turned to the left. It wears short-brimmed hat and blue suit and white, spotted. It arms folded and holds a Cavaquinho at chest height. On your on the left, to the right of the composition, opossum player seated on the right leg. It wears a small blue hat and light clothing defined by rapid brushstrokes and small dots suggesting stamped. His on the left leg is bent with knee to the air and on the ground. His head is in profile to the left. He folded arms and hands secure a blue opossum. At the bottom, on the right of center, between the second and the third figure described, clarinet stand almost profile to the left. wears red hat like a cap and gray suit, arms folded in whose safe hands the clarinet is playing. Background with uneven areas, some geometric in shades of gray, and green earthy, some of which are filled by parallel lines and other for points and quick strokes.


  • Title: Quartet of Musicians
  • 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: 1942
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w44 x h31.8cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:ethnic groups:Black, Brazilian Culture:musicians:band, Brazilian Culture:musicians:clarinet player, Brazilian Culture:musicians:cavaquinho player, Brazilian Culture:musicians:cuíca player, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: tempera , lead pencil
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2927
  • Inscription: On back of frame, card with inscriptions "Museu de Arte Contemp. de Pe. Quadro nº 99”, "80” and "90”.
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the panel “Chorinho” [FCO 3754]. Musicians Series
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1616

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