The Tree of Life

Candido Portinari1957

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition unidentified tones. Parallel lines, contour, tangled and fast. It depicts several boys hung in a big tree. To the left of the composition, tree which is seen torso with long branch to the right, where boy is hanging by the legs and head and hands down. In the center of the composition, tree trunk with branches that converge to the left and to the right. On the left, boy hanging on the branch with both hands, keeping the body in the air. On the floor toward her, slingshot and trap and far on the right, boy standing on his back, hands raised. More to the center, hanging on the tree, four boys one facing the other in a circle, three are sitting on branches and standing, leaning on two branches. Three of them hold a nest of birds with eggs in and the far on the left, pulls his shirt what's ahead. In the tree canopy, at the time of the previous boys, another boy sitting on branch, front, facing right. In the lower branch, boy sitting on branch, front, slightly off to the right. On the floor, on the right, two boys standing on the far left of the back and the far on the right, in front, holding bird with both hands. Floor in parallel lines and rapid lines suggesting vegetation throughout the composition, and suggesting matted leaves.

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  • Title: The Tree of Life
  • Date: 1957
  • Location Created: Brodowski, São Paulo, Brasil
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Nature:Animals:bird, Brazilian Culture:children's games:play, Brazilian Culture:children's games:toys:bird trap, human figure:child:boy, human figure:group
  • Technique: medium unidentified
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom right "Portinari 57"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 4110
  • Function: Study for the paintings “The Tree of Life” [FCO 1447 and FCO 3000]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-4221