Composition in gray, black, ochre, white, earthy, green, rose, red, blue, lilac and yellow tones. Smooth and thick texture, and marked brushstrokes. Figures outlined in black and deliberate significant deformation. Funeral procession scene with two men carrying a hammock and pleading women. In the center of the composition, woman kneeling with her back turned, arms straight up and open hands with fingers ending abruptly. suggesting desperate attitude. She has dark hair falling back, wears shirt with patches, wide skir and is barefoot. Ahead, we see a hammock that crosses almost the entire width of the support, tied in a trunk, with the ends supported under the right shoulders of two men standing in profile to the right. They have deformed, indicated facial features, wear long-sleeved shirts, pants rolled up showing the legs and are barefoot. They have slightly bent legs, apart. The figure on the left has the right arm along the body with his fist closed and the one on the right has his hand resting on the trunk that supports the hammock. The figure on the right is bent with the right hand holding the trunk. On the right behind this last figure, kneeling woman in profile to the right with folded hands near her face. She wears a dress and is barefoot. People seem to be moving along a path where we see a few scattered stones as well as the projection of the figures' shadows. At the bottom, geometrical areas suggesting hills, continuing until the upper edge of the support.


  • Title: Burial in a Hammock
  • Date: 1944
  • Location Created: Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w220 x h180cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:death, social:Northeastern migrant, human figure:group, human figure:man, human figure:woman
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in bottom right corner "PORTINARI 944"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2734
  • Function: "This work was awarded at the exhibition 50 Ans d’Art Moderne in Brussels, Belgium, in 1958." . Migrants Series
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2061

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