This oil painting expresses the relationship between
lawyer and client. The inherent symbolism suggests
that it is the lawyer who defends his client against
impending misfortune, as symbolised by the sword
of Damocles. The smiling client is handing over
an indeterminate amount of money for the services
of his lawyer; happy to allow his fate to be placed
in the hands of the capable advocate.
The principal is lawyer Mr. Marc van den Boomen.
The client in this painting is represented by Mr
van den Boomen Senior. The painting hangs in the
study of the principal in a monumental and historic
building in the city of Roermond, in the Netherlands.
The fact that Marc's father is represented as the
sitting man and client in this work adds a further
powerful layer of imagery to the piece. The symbolic
power of the passing on of wealth from one generation
to another is inescapable. The 'wealth' may not
refer to money alone; one may consider other aspects
of the father son relationship, a wealth of experience?
A wealth of love?
This painting tackles the fundamental truths of
the human condition. We are born and we die, at
some unknown time all that we worked for throughout
our lives, the fruits of all our struggles, will
be passed on to a future generation.