This painting (oil on wood) from the last third of the century alludes to the popular proverb "Nimm dich selbst bei der Nase" ("take yourself by your nose"). It's also called "Vogel Selbsterkenntnis" (Bird of self-knowledge).
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Pai João de Angola Father John is a symbol. He is the old negro of the mills, very old, to evaluate by the hair ... Which begins to whiten: .... says the popular proverb. Father John is therefore almost a hundred years old. His wobbly figure, with coiled speech and tame eyes, told old mills stories in the mills Of the Coast, tales, anecdotes, riddles, parlors.
As the popular proverb goes birds of a feather flock together.