Composition in blue, gray, ochre, green, earthy, white and black tones. Smooth texture, with visible brushstrokes in the figures. Three men dancing frevo and one standing playing clarinet against geometrized background. The three dancers are placed in a diagonal from the left to the right and from front to back. The clarinet player is at the left end of the composition, 3/4 back-facing to the right, behind the arm of the first figure, wearing blue brimmed floppy hat, white suit and overly fine tip shoes. The first dancer has his head turned upward; It is lowered, with right foot planted on the ground and the left leg stretched, with the sole of the foot forward; arms away from the body and open hands; he wears blue long-sleeved shirts and pants to the knees. The second dancer is standing, with knees bent, head turned upward and to the left, right foot planted on the ground and left resting on the heel with the sole forward; arms raised to the right; the right one, crossed in front of him, holds an open umbrella represented in small colored rectangles; he wears shirt sleeves and long pants. The third dancer is standing, with knees bent and feet on the third position; profiled body to the right, head turned to the left and up; left arm raised with the flat hand forward and right arm stretched, also with open hand; he wears light blue shirt sleeves and pants; the shirt makes a movement to the right at the waist.The clothing of the four figures is represented by visible brushstrokes, forming stripes in different directions and gives the idea of a relief. There is no representation of hair in any of the figures. At the upper left corner of the support, a blue rectangle appears to be a window. Background in wide geometrism mainly behind the figures.


  • Title: Frevo Dance
  • Date: 1956
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w168 x h198cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Brazilian Culture:dance:Frevo, Brazilian Culture:musicians:clarinet player, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in bottom right corner "PORTINARI 56"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2554
  • Function: Work executed to decorate the headquarters of the “O Cruzeiro” magazine, Rio de Janeiro, RJ. Work designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer.. Brazilian Scenes Series
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3787

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