Composition in gray, white, blue, green, earthy, black, ochre and rose. Smooth texture. Composition representing group of four players, occupying almost the entire area of ​​the support against the background suggesting confinement. All figures are outlined with black thin lines are defined and marked with significant deformation. On the left, clarinetist standing, facing. wear straw hat, she has facial features crudely indicated, wears plaid shirt, light suit and two-toned shoes. Safe hands the clarinet that is playing. To the left of center, and slightly more forward, ukulele player sitting 3/4 facing right with his head almost in profile to the left. It is dark, wear straw hat, has defined facial features and wears suit suggesting the balls. He has the legs apart and safe in the arms cavaquinho that's playing. To his on the left, to the right of the composition, opossum player sitting on the floor, front, with very deformed head, facing left and looking in the direction of clarinetist. Wear clothes similar to the opossum player, but he's barefoot. Hold the opossum at chest height and is with bent legs, on the right on the floor and on the left up. Behind, among the opossum players and ukulele, trumpeter standing 3/4 facing left; It has dark skin, using small hat flap; It has marked facial features, seeing if the crossed eyes, turned toward the clarinetist. It wears light suit with folded score on the left breast pocket and secure with both hands the trumpet that is playing. Ground and background in geometrical areas suggesting indoors. much clearer area in the center lights group of musicians, suggesting studio lighting or stage.


  • Title: Chorinho
  • Date: 1942
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w300 x h225cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:ethnic groups:Black, Brazilian Culture:musicians:band, Brazilian Culture:musicians:clarinet player, Brazilian Culture:musicians:cavaquinho player, Brazilian Culture:musicians:cuíca player, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: tempera
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3754
  • Inscription: On reverse, stamp "MINISTÉRIO DA EDUCAÇÃO E SAÚDE MUSEU NACIONAL DE BELAS ARTES”. On stretcher, inscription "Rio, 9 de Março de 1946 José Leite”.
  • Function: Work executed to decorate the headquarters of the Rádio Tupi of Rio de Janeiro, RJ.. Musicians Series
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1617

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