Composition in green tones, black, gray, blue, red, ochre, earthy, yellow, lilac and white. Smooth texture. It depicts two children playing on seesaw. The seesaw is rectangular wooden plank, and each child is seated at one end. In the foreground, boy sitting in front of the background, sitting at the bottom of the seesaw, close to the ground, with his face up, arms outstretched and legs straight down. Wears light short-sleeved shirt, pants rolled up and barefoot. The boy sitting on the other end is at the top, seen from the front, with open arms and legs, facial features represented, wears plaid shirt and shorts. Background with geometrical areas.


  • Title: Seesaw
  • Date: 1959
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w72 x h172cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Brazilian Culture:children's games:play:seesaw, human figure:child:boy, human figure:group:children
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom right "PORTINARI 59"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 4673
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-4451

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