Composition unidentified tones. Texture unidentified. It depicts children playing and some on top of a large tree. Forest composed of geometrical areas with almost the center, a tree that stands out the rest of the vegetation. On the right in the foreground, a profile bird on the left. Boys do not have defined facial features, are wearing shirts and shorts and are barefoot. Five boys are on the ground and three are hanging on the tree. Those who are in the tree, from the left to the right, the first sitting in the thick trunk, front; the second of back, suggesting wear braces; It is suggested by the third light spot at the tip of the stem where the previous child is seated. Boys who are on the ground, from the left to the right, the first is behind, hanging by the arms at the end of the branch; the second boy is in profile to the right, holding trap; the third boy is back, pointing trap toward the tree. The following are children's profile to the left and arms stretched to the left.


  • Title: The Tree of Life
  • Date: 1958
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w60 x h50cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Brazilian Culture:children's games:play:slingshot, Brazilian Culture:children's games:toys:bird trap, human figure:group:children
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom right "PORTINARI 58"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 4847
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-4309

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