Composition in ochre, yellow, blue, earthy, gray, red, green, white and black. Smooth texture and some thick points. Women and grouped black girls in the center of the composition, occupying the full area of ​​support. In the foreground, two girls standing in front of both of them away and barefoot legs. The on the left is on the right arm raised and the on the left stretched to the side and to the right with both arms raised. The first wears short dress with loose waistband and the second wears yellow dress with red sash and yellow tape on top of the head. In the background, the center between the two girls, high female figure, standing on his back with his head turned to the right and on the right arm stretched toward the sky, wearing white dress with blue dots. On the left, behind the first girl, another female figure, standing and facing, with his on the right arm raised, holding a kind of cloth, using blue dress had taken that fall-and red ribbon in her hair. Between this woman and the girl on the left, a figure sitting on the floor, turned to the right, which you can only see part of the head and back. Among the high black center and the on the right girl, a head that appears to be another girl. The three front figures have coarse facial features characteristic of the black race. In the sky, a little on the right of center, a square red kite and on the right, below, two oval white balloons. Play down the on the right. Background in irregular horizontal bands of different colors, predominantly yellow and blue on the ground alive in heaven. Apparent brushstrokes in dresses of the two girls and the figure of the center. Might falling from the right.


  • Title: Girls
  • Date: 1940
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w60 x h74cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:ethnic groups:Black, Brazilian Culture:children's games:play:flying kites, Brazilian Culture:children's games:play:flying balloons, human figure:child:girl, human figure:group, human figure:woman
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in bottom left corner "PORTINARI 1940"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2094
  • Inscription: On reverse, inscription "Em 4 abril 1946 José Leite”. On stretcher, label "Galerie Charpentier [torn] FG Saint-Honoré – Paris Anjou 57-61 3482 PORTINARI 1946”.. On reverse, label from Artefact framing house. On back of frame, inscription "966”; label from Artefact framing house.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1243

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