Composition in tones earthy, orange, blue, black and white. Contour lines, straight lines, shaded and shaved quick strokes. Representative half-bust front cangaceiro support occupying the entire area. The bandit has angular face, shaded sharp creases. wears characteristic hat with star in the center, buried in the head, leaving hair only appear in the neck. Straight eyebrows, slanted eyes. Serene countenance. Straight nose, thin lips closed, square chin. He wears blue neckerchief, brown shirt with light blue stripe horizontally and has two cartridge belts crossed on his chest. Plain background.


  • Title: Cangaceiro
  • Date: 1956
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w30.5 x h36.5cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:Cangaceiro, human figure:man
  • Technique: lead pencil , crayon, color crayon
  • Signature: Signed and dated in bottom right corner "Portinari 56"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2649
  • Inscription: On back of frame, label from Artefact framing house.
  • Function: The Communist Party of Brazil made an offset print of this work, which was distributed among Party sympathizers
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3863

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