Composition in blue tones, ochre, gray, black and white. Drawing all dashed giving idea of ​​texture, draping and volume. Figure of kneeling woman, cuddled with child standing in front, occupying almost the entire area of ​​the composition. Woman is kneeling on his on the left leg, diagonally from the left to the right and front to back, with the front trunk, head tilts on the right cheek resting on his on the right hand whose palm is over the child's head. And has black curly hair, long to the shoulder and physiognomic traits outlined. Wears blue clothes at the ankles. The child is squalid, is standing in front, his face covered by cloth holding with both hands, leaving the bare legs. In the background some touches of white skirting the woman's head, down to the child's body on the right side margin.


  • Title: Suffering of Mother
  • Date: 1955
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w23 x h32.5cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:war, human figure:child:boy, human figure:woman
  • Technique: lead pencil , crayon, colored pencil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in bottom right corner "Portinari 955"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1922
  • Inscription: Inscription at bottom right "Estudo para o mural ‘Guerra’ para a O.N.U.”
  • Function: Study for the painting “Maternity” [FCO 2047]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3527

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