Composition in gray, green, earthy, black, yellow, blue, ochre and white. Smooth texture, color areas and contoured. Composition representing seven women and two boys, outdoors and in different positions. On the floor in the foreground on the left chest and thick rope coiled blue tinplate. On the right downtown, woman standing with her back, dressed in Bahia, and on the turban clear head. wear white dress at the knees with band through the on the right shoulder and down to the waist and pants clogs high heels. To the right, on the floor, gourd. In the background, to the left, two women standing hugging. Next to them, a pestle. In the center, woman in profile to the right, leaning toward a vat where is mixing something with what appears to be a piece of wood. Further back, female figure holding jug on his on the left shoulder. On the right Bahia front and standing with blue bag over his head. On the third level, to the left, two boys jumping carrion. To the right of center woman sitting on the floor, hands in her lap and legs straight. In the upper on the right of the composition, large fire frame composed of stacked wood.


  • Title: Midwest
  • Date: 1939
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w35 x h36cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Brazilian Culture:popular celebrations:Festival of Saint John, Brazilian Culture:children's games:play:leapfrog, Brazilian Culture:popular types:Baiana, human figure:child:boy, human figure:group:women, diverse:recurring elements:trunk, diverse:recurring elements:gourd, diverse:recurring elements:rope, diverse:recurring elements:mortar and pestle
  • Technique: watercolor, gouache , charcoal, lead pencil
  • Signature: Signed at bottom right edge "Portinari". Undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3681
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the panel “Night of Saint John's Festival” [FCO 4082]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-998

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