It’s raining men today on the Art Class Curator. Today’s Artwork of the Week is Golconda by René Magritte. Take a look.
What’s going on in this painting? What do you notice? What do you think the artist was trying to say?
What’s interesting to me about this painting is that it does look like it is raining this serious, stiff businessman, but they don’t really appear to be moving. If they were falling from the sky, wouldn’t their hats fly off and their coats float up in the breeze? They are stiff and the same.
Another element of the painting that strikes me is how organized it is. The men are lined up in a grid or in parallel rows both up and down and receding into space. Why did the artist do this?
This is a fun one to think about and would be perfect for an art criticism writing assignment.
There are lots of different interpretations you could come up with for this artwork, and I tend to think it represents the sameness of the business world and the cookie-cutterness of that environment. We don’t look at these guys as individuals when we look at this painting. We see them all as one.
What do you think of this one?