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Square

Candido Portinari1939

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in gray tones, ochre, earthy and black. Smooth texture. Representation of a square, with houses on the right and the background and outline seven scattered figures in the center. The composition gives idea of ​​a stage for theater. In the foreground, on the left, gray area forming a rectangle, at a lower level than the street that is on the right, bordered by a narrow sidewalk. On the right bank of the composition, rounded angle of a two-story house forming a corner. The house has a door and a window with a balcony on the right above. At the end of the sidewalk in front of the house, two human figures with no anatomical detail. In the background, square area in ochre surrounded by three blocks suggesting buildings that cast shadows on the right, and two houses with no roof to the bottom. In the center of this area, five more sparse figures, also without anatomical definition and their shadows cast on the right.

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  • Title: Square
  • Date: 1939
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w17 x h14cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Nature:landscape:city
  • Technique: watercolor
  • Signature: Signed at bottom right edge "Portinari". Undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1786
  • Inscription: On reverse, label from Galeria Jóia.
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the panel “Square” [FCO 2497]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1001

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