Shells and Sea Horses

Candido Portinari1942

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in blue and white. Contour lines and colored areas. Composition representing the seabed, is seeing seahorses and shells symmetrically distributed, and these are almost all contained in the central area of ​​amoeboid shape against background in various shades of blue and white. The whole composition is cut by diagonal lines forming squares with angles up and to the sides suggesting network. Around the entire composition are seen hippocampi inserted into the square in profile to the left; they are represented in blue when they are against a light background and represented in white when the background is dark. Wide winding line defines amoeboid occupying much of the composition, finding himself inside larger shells that hippocampi and also represented in blue when they are against a light background and white when the background is dark. They are inserted into the square that suggest network but whose mesh is wider. On the right still within the amoeboid form, elongated shapes suggesting, perhaps, molluscs.

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  • Title: Shells and Sea Horses
  • Date: 1942
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Nature:Animals:sea horse, Nature:Animals:shell
  • Technique: tiles
  • Signature: Unsigned
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1768
  • Notes: Dates on this panel (1941-1945) refer to entire group of tile panels, including those designed by Paulo Rossi Osir.
  • Inscription: Dated in inscription at bottom left edge "COMPOSIÇÃO de C. PORTINARI EXECUÇÃO da OSIRARTE de SÃO PAULO 1941-1945”
  • Function: Work executed for a façade at the Palácio Gustavo Capanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1737