Segall uses expressionist strokes and colors to create dark atmospheres in compositions with geometric structures and dark and contrasting colors. The social and psychological characterization in his compositions is depicted through the strong body and facial expressions of the characters or through furniture and interiors that portray material poverty.
The artist has also produced an extensive collection of drawings and engravings addressing recurrent themes, the disadvantaged and those marginalized by society. Akin to his painting, Segall again explores expressive deformations of the characters and oppressive environments.
Born in Lithuania, Segall was responsible for one of the first exhibitions of modern art in Brazil in 1913. Ten years later he moved permanently to the country. Influenced by tropical colors and lights, his palette evolved to include lighter, more contrasting colors. In addition to his usual themes, he also creates works that addressed local aspects, stories and characters.