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Identity Traits

Candido Portinari had peculiar characteristics! Know some more about the artist’s identity traits.

Candido Portinari: identity traits

Height

1.54 meters.

Weight

65 kg in average.

Hair

Thin, dark blond with deep recesses in front.

Marital Status

Married in 1930 with Maria Portinari, who he separated from in 1960, living in extreme isolation in his last years.

Children

He had one, João Candido, born on January 23, 1939.

Grandchildren

Denise, born in 1960, João Carlos, born in 1966, and Maria Candida, born in 1996.

Great Grandchildren

Luisa, born in 1996.

Personal Characteristics

Blue eyes and wore glasses at all times, since was shortsighted and had astigmatism. Deaf in the last years, he wore a hearing device. He limped due to a congenital defect.

Way of Dressing

He would wear suspenders, a dress shirt, tie and cufflinks. He was very fond of waistcoats and strong colors, especially his shirts and socks. His favorite perfume brand was Guerlain.

Habits

He would always read before going to sleep. He always slept late, without a specific time to wake up. He snored when sleeping and rarely visited anyone, preferring to receive people. He didn’t listen to the radio, but enjoyed listening to classical music on the record player. Portinari loved looking to the sea, but didn’t like going in the water or going in boats. He liked traveling to Italy and France very much, although he preferred living in Brazil. He did not like airplanes and the few times he traveled, he did so under protest.

Food

He enjoyed eating well, especially pasta, sweets and fruits, with a preference for papaya. He also enjoyed wine, although he could not drink it. He smoked cigars after meals and cigarettes during the day.

Movies

He loved western films, especially with William S. Hart and Tom Mix. He also liked Carlitos and Buster Keaton.

Dancing

He only danced in his youth, and little.

Religion

From a catholic family, he was baptized and was a lapsed catholic. He never watched macumba (Brazilian black witchcraft) or anything of the kind.

Favorite Musicians

Mozart, Bach and Beethoven.

Favorite Authors

He liked biographies and poetry very much. “Diário” by Delacroix, Stendhal, Balzac, Dostoiewski, Baudelaire and T.S. Elliot. Among the Brazilian authors, he read his friends a lot: Mario de Andrade, Murilo Mendes, Jorge de Lima, Jorge Amado, Dante Milano, José Lins do Rego, Graciliano Ramos, Manuel Bandeira, Gilberto Freyre, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, A. F. Shmidt, Adalgisa Nery and Antônio Callado.

Favorite Painters

Piero Della Francesca, Giotto, Tintoretto, Carpaccio, Masaccio, Signorelli, Delacroix, Goya, Breughel, Rouaut, Grünewald, Jacques Villon, Fra Angélico, Van Gogh, Modigliani, Picasso, Rivera and A. V. Guignard.

TV

He enjoyed watching the great Tupi theater with Sérgio Britto, Fernanda Montenegro and Natália Thimberg and liked Altamiro Carrilho too.

Personal Friends

Graciliano Ramos, Lélio Landucci, Santa Rosa, O. M. Carpeaux, A. V. Guignard, Clóvis Graciano, Jorge Amado, Dante Milano, Alfredo Ceschiatti, Athos Bulcão, Aparício Torelly (or “Barão de Itararé”), Assis Chateaubriand, Manuel Bandeira, José Morais, Percy Deane, Celso Agostinelli, Enrico Bianco, Lenidas Autuori, Mário Autuori, Alcides Rocha Miranda, Aldary Toledo, Aluisio Salles, Antônio Bento, Quirino Campofiorito, Jayme de Barros, Paschoal Carlos Magno, Flávio de Aquino, Mem Xavier da Silveira, Dalcídio Jurandir, Jayme Ovalle, Antônio Callado.

Source: “CAMARGO, Ralph. ‘Portinari Desenhista’. Rio de Janeiro. 1977.”