Composition in blue tones, ochre, earthy, green, violet, orange, rose, black and white. Smooth texture, marked strokes. Color design for War panel in geometrized composition with groups of women crying and animals. In the lower third, from the left to the right: women kneeling group facing highlighting heads up high and flat hands; in the center, bent woman sitting on dead child and four cats having behind seven horses side by side profile to the left, ridden by figures wearing armor. In the central third on the left, profile on the right horse ridden by undefined figure leaning forward, and behind groups of kneeling figures and dead man lying on the floor. In the center, a group of women kneeling in a circle with his arms raised having behind horse galloping to the right part. On the right, kneeling woman and cuddled with girl and boy standing in front, hands on crying face. In the upper third, several groups of women kneeling crying highlighting the center, horse galloping to the right, ridden by indefinite figures leaning forward. Areas interfere with the geometrical figures.


  • Title: War
  • 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: 1954
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w102 x h143cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Nature:Animals:wild animal, social:war, social:death, Nature:Animals:horse, human figure:figure, human figure:group
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed in bottom left corner "PORTINARI"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3172
  • Notes: Support affixed to wood with irregularly shaped top edge.
  • Inscription: Dated in inscription in bottom left corner "MAQUETE DEFINITIVA PARA O MURAL ‘GUERRA’ DE 14x10m O.N.U. 1954 NOVA YORK”. On reverse, inscriptions "1 M60/51 nº 112”, "1.29 1/2 x 180” and "M60/151”; stamps "Ministério da Educação e Cultura Museu Nacional de Belas Artes Autorizo o embarque Geraldo de M.R Rio de Janeiro Brasil” and "Serviço de Exportação Alfandega do Rio de Janeiro [initialed]”; label "Maison de la Pensée Française 2 Rue de L’Elysée Paris – VIIIº”; stamp "Paris Expositions Douaner”.
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the panel “War” [FCO 3799]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3262

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