Composition in black and white. Straight, parallel, shaded lines. In the center of the composition, two black boys holding knives. The on the right faces forward, legs apart, on the right arm raised with knife in hand and his on the left arm bent in front of him, holding something undefined rectangular in shape. The on the right figure is in profile to the left, on the right leg back, as if giving a wide pitch, on the right arm and on the left folded up with knife. Both wear white shirts open on one side white trousers rolled up above the ankles and are barefoot. Black stripes cut the geometric composition. In the background, vertical and horizontal lines suggest lath work


  • Title: Men with Knives
  • Creator Lifespan: 1903-12-29 - 1962-12-06
  • Creator Nationality: Brazilian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Creator Birth Place: Brodowski, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Date: 1959
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w17 x h18.3cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: human figure:group:men
  • Technique: lead pencil , crayon
  • Signature: Signed in middle of bottom half "Portinari". Undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 937
  • Inscription: Inscription in middle of bottom half "ESTUDO PARA AGUA FORTE”
  • Function: Study for the engraving “Men with Knives” [FCO 832]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-4655

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