Composition in green tones, yellow, gray, blue, red and black. Thick texture, marked and spatula strokes. Dead human figure lying prone occupying the entire area of ​​the composition against geometrized background in the fields of yellow and green tones. The figure is vertically stretched with the head on top of the support feet and the lower part thereof; The figure is a top view in slightly distorted perspective. Has his head turned to the left side, watching the hair to the right; rather bulky body; bare chest, on the right arm folded supported on the chest and the on the left arm stretched along the body. Rather prominent belly, watching the navel. Waist down the body is covered by a kind of cloth trimmings dark shades; on the right foot upon the right with the heel flat on the floor looking to sole; on the left foot slightly tipped to the right also with the heel flat on the floor, one sees but the soles of the fingers are cut by side edge on the right holder. Both figures as the fund are geometrized, with light areas represented by lighter shades. The texture is present throughout the area of ​​the composition.


  • Title: Dead Man
  • Date: 1958
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w105 x h165cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:war, social:death, human figure:man
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated at top right "PORTINARI 58"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1144
  • Notes: Support is waterproofed plywood made of cedar from a ship.
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the panel “War” [FCO 3799]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-4337

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