Composition in gray tones (predominant), blue, earthy, green, black, white (support), red, orange, rose and violet. Smooth texture, loose and winding strokes. It depicts representation on boat deck looking in the distance at sea, two caravels. In the foreground portion of the ship hull and the center, two sailors side by side, suspended on ropes crossing vertically the composition. Figures vigorous, a forward with his arms raised over his head, flowing clothes and bare feet. On the right back in the same figure the first position. In the background, on the deck, to the left, back figure, bent and dressed in blue. On the right, a rope ladder hangs winding vertically. In the third level, next to the deck railing, outlined figures side by side, back, waving toward the two caravels at sea. On the right gray area that cuts diagonally composition, representing part of the sailing vessel.


  • Title: Sighting Land
  • 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: 1941
  • Physical Dimensions: w28.6 x h29cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:workers:sailor, historical themes:historical scenes:Discovery of Brazil, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: tempera
  • Signature: Signed at bottom right edge "Portinari". Undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3771
  • Notes: Support affixed to black cardboard.
  • Inscription: On reverse, labels "EXHIBITED AT THE PAN AMERICAN UNION Washington, D.C. Date: July 1947” and "Portinari, Candido Discovery of the land Preliminary drawing of the mural in the Hispanic Foundation Library of Congress Gouache 1941 29 x 28,6cm”; inscription "Gift of Candido Portinari apr. 6. 1942”. On back of mat, stamps "4490” and "negative in series USZ62”; inscription "21839”.
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the mural painting “Discovery of the Land” [FCO 3765]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1576

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