In this sketch, the essential features of «Despair of Doubt» are outlined. This final work was presented in 1916 at the 8th exhibition of the National Society of Fine Arts in Lisbon. In this exhibition, the State acquired this piece for the collection of the National Museum of Contemporary Art.
This work is the most significant of the Great War period (1914 - 1918), after the return of Canto da Maya from Paris and Switzerland where he deepened his studies of Sculpture between 1912 and 1914. It shows the author's influence by Rodin, both in the symbolist nature of the title itself, as well as in the pose, attitude and anatomical modeling of the tormented man, which reminds us of Rodin's The Thinker. [SM]