Composition in black, gray and white tones. Dark and intersecting lines areas. It depicts battalion commanded by sword figure in hand, in front of a group of people, against background of dark and light uneven areas. On the left, intersecting lines forming compact mass that defines the battalion; more to the right, isolated figure on his back, on the right arm raised holding a sword; suggests be pointing the direction that the battalion should take is that of a group that is the on the right of the composition. The latter group is much smaller than the battalion and is also defined by intersecting lines and some dark areas. The background of the composition is defined by dark areas overlapping areas of white and gray of amoeboid forms.


  • Title: The Unexpected
  • Date: 1944
  • Location Created: Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w17.5 x h12cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Figura Humana:Grupo:Figuras
  • Technique: gouache , India ink pen , India ink brush
  • Signature: Signed at bottom right edge "Portinari". Undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1298
  • Inscription: Inscription in bottom left corner "16”
  • Function: Illustration no. 15 for the book “O alienista,” by Machado de Assis
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2222

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