Composition in violet tones, mauve, ochre, gray, red, rose, yellow, earthy, green, black and blue. Rough texture, marked strokes. Woman and pestle against background with colored geometric shapes. Is full length woman sitting in front, legs 3/4 on the right. On the upside, it has green cloth dotted black. Wears violet clothing, half sleeve and skirt. Face, arms legs and feet characterized by anatomical exaggeration, significantly deformed. On the right hand on the right cheek, face visible on the left eye closed. Knees almost touching chest. On the left arm on his knees, his on the left hand resting on the right leg. Bare feet, on the right foot forward and on the left 3/4 on the right. Clay-colored ground. In the background, on the right, large wooden pestle. Background with geometric shapes in ochre, rose, green and yellow.


  • Title: Woman with Mortar
  • Date: 1945
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w81 x h100cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:Northeastern migrant, social:workers:female settler, human figure:woman, diverse:recurring elements:mortar and pestle
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in bottom right corner "PORTINARI 945"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 905
  • Inscription: On reverse, label "Galerie Charpentier – 76, Rue du Fg. Saint Honoré Paris Anjou 57-61 34-82 Portinari 1946”; stamps "Ministério da Educação e Saúde Museu Nacional de Belas Artes” and "DOUANE DE PARIS”. On stretcher, label "Col. Dr. Mem Xavier da Silveira Mulher com Pilão 100 x 080 óleo Exposição em Milão – Itália de 21 de março a 21 de abril 1963 – 56”; stamp on paper "DOGANA MILANO”; inscriptions "XAVIER DA SILVEIRA”, "76” and "34”.. On back of frame, labels "Fink lote cx 28” and "Fink lote nº 1”; inscription "24 Mulher do Pilão”.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2332

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