Composition in black and white. Dark and tangled lines areas. man half-bust holding scissors and razor in hand, against background with dark areas and areas suggesting wall with bricks. To the left of the composition, profile of human face to the left, has coarse facial features, very large open eye, nose represented by a triangle and parted lips. The figure is twisted as if seeing the on the right arm stretched horizontally holding in his hand a knife and folded open and secure the on the left hand scissors; he seems to be surrounded by dark bands as if to cut them.


  • Title: The End of Paragraph Four
  • 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: diverse:objects:razor, diverse:objects:scissors, human figure:man
  • Technique: India ink pen , India ink brush
  • Signature: Signed at bottom right edge "Portinari". Undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1312
  • Inscription: Inscription in bottom left corner "30”
  • Function: Illustration no. 29 for the book “O alienista,” by Machado de Assis
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2250

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