) is an oil painting
by Belgian surrealist René Magritte
, painted in 1953. It is currently housed at the Menil collection in Houston, Texas.
The piece depicts a scene of nearly identical men dressed in dark overcoats
and bowler hats
, who seem to be drops of heavy rain (or to be floating like helium balloons, though there is no actual indication of motion), against a backdrop of buildings and blue sky. The men are spaced in a hexagonal grids facing the viewpoint and receding back in grid layers.
Magritte himself lived in a similar suburban
environment, and dressed in a similar fashion. The bowler hat was a common feature of much of his work, and appears in paintings like The Son of Man
Charly Herscovici, who was bequeathed copyright on the artist's works, commented on Golconda
As was often the case with Magritte's works, the title Golconda
was found by his poet friend Louis Scutenaire. Golconda
is a ruined city in the state of Andhra Pradesh
, near Hyderabad
, which from the mid-14th century until the end of the 17th was the capital of two successive kingdoms; the fame it acquired through being the center of the region's legendary diamond industry was such that its name remains, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, "a synonym for 'mine of wealth'."
Magritte included a likeness of Scutenaire in the painting – his face is used for the large man by the chimney of the house on the right of the......