Composition in blue, green tones, gray, rose, ochre, earthy, red, violet, lilac and black. Smooth, thick texture in some areas and marked brushstrokes. Composition representing two women occupying almost the entire area of ​​the composition; down with the arms raised and folded up with the hands on the chest against background composed of overlapping geometrical areas of blue. From the figure the bottom area of ​​the composition, one can see fallen head back and his arms raised with flat hands. His facial features are marked by areas of blue in the area of ​​the lower jaw and neck and can be seen - to be the head tilted back - just rounded eyes, nostrils, lips parted and the chin in reddish tones. The figure wears long sleeve blouse, composed of geometrical areas in blue tones that overlap and blend with the background. Among his arms raised this figure, we see the other woman, also with the head forward and fallen back, with his hands crossed over his chest, with the on the right over the on the left. From his facial features are seen: traces suggesting eyes shed where three "stone tears" of each; elongated nose; thick lips parted and the lower region of the chin marked in blue tones. As other wear clothes with long sleeves and comprising geometrical areas, which also blend into the background, but more greenish.


  • Title: Women Crying
  • Date: 1956
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w110 x h160cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:war, human figure:group:women
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom right "PORTINARI 56 58"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3406
  • Notes: Support is waterproofed plywood made of cedar from a ship.
  • Inscription: On reverse, label "MAM – Museu de Arte do rio de janeiro autor Candido Portinari titulo da obra Detalhe para o mural Guerra – 1958 genero e dimensões óleo s/ madeira – 1,60 x 1,09 proprietário o autor endereço (...) exposição ‘Arte Contemporânea no Brasil’”; stamp "Paris Expositions Douanes”; inscriptions "Sim Retirantes”, "63” and "1.14 x 1,65”; label "Maison de la Pensée Française 2. Rue de L’Elysée Paris VII 4 Deux Visages Désesperés”.
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the panel “War” [FCO 3799]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-4338

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