Composition in earthy, white, green, red, blue, gray, ochre and black tones. Thick texture. Composition with three squares, a triangle, sinuous thick lines and irregular overlapping areas, occupying the entire area of ​​the composition against background that suggests night sky with moon. In the upper half to the left, a red square with two black lines forming an "X" connecting square corners, sinuous line crosses the square and continues until the right edge of the support, suggesting a kite in the sky. In the lower half of the composition, in the center, three geometric shapes are partially overlapped and arranged horizontally: on the left, a black square, at the center, a green triangle with red stripes and on the right, a blue square. In front of the left square, a light colored form, clearly suggesting a root; above the right square another form suggests a root moving from left, passing behind the square located in the left upper right of the support and ending in the bottom edge, in the center. Background suggesting a night sky, the moon can be seen partially covered by clouds, in the upper left corner of the support.


  • Title: Roots
  • Date: 1940
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w47.5 x h45cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: non-figurative
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in bottom right corner "PORTINARI 1940"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1046
  • Notes: Support cut out by the artist.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1321

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