Guest House

These are two views depicting the front porch of the house left and the back of the guest house right. Clark lived there while visiting and recording scenes in Puerto Rico, and other parts of the Caribbean during the summer of 1950. The container on the side of the house contained fresh water.

Guest House back

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Rain in The Tropics

It was from the porch of this house that Clark saw several workers running home in the rain with banana leaves as cover. He made two drawings with felt pen and ink on paper and the painting "Rain In the Tropics" followed soon after. The first drawing focuses on the banana leaf's use as a shield to keep the rain off. The man uses his left hand to pull the leaf closer to his body and the head is covered up. In Clark's next drawing he is concerned with making a painting and less with an accurate portrayal of the man and leaf.

Rain Drawing 2

Claude Clark lived in Puerto Rico during the summer rainy season of 1950. He lived in a small wooden house, on poles about six feet from the soil on a small experimental farm. Clark was surrounded daily by the Puerto Rican workers and their families. They developed a mutual respect for each other. PRESS THIS BUTTON TO RETURN TO THE PREVIOUS PAGE

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Men & Machete

Clark saw men with machetes clearing the road side grass one day. This resulted in a companion piece to "Rain", titled "Men and Machetes". This version of the painting allong with "Rain" were done on location in Puerto Rico during the summer of 1950.

The men were interested in what Clark painted and sometimes ran bits of culture past him to see how it grabbed him. Workers going home from the field would gather outside his cabin; Look up at a painting drying near the rafters, and have exciting discussions in Spanish. One afternoon, while he was sitting on the covered deck of the cabin, the rain came pounding across the green valley foliage and beyond. Workers were soon flushed from the fields and some of them came running past the Guest House in single files. Each had a large banana leaf stretched across the length of his body. Clarks use of Spanish was limited, but the body language was usually clear. As one worker ran past, he looked up at Clark and grinned knowingly: "I'll bet you've never seen this before." He had not. Claude Clark made a rapid sketch with felt brush and a couple of days later his painting called "RAIN" was finished.

This painting was produced 1950 in Puerto Rico. The conditions workers lived under were deplorable; less than substandard. There was no fresh running water or resepticals for storing human waste. The domesticated animals and plant life in those settlements kept the human food chain laden with decease and death.

Worker's House

"Rain" (sometimes called Rain In The Tropics) became apart of the Hammonds House Collection in Atlanta, Georgia. An earlier poster-print reproduction appeared in Whoopi Goldberg film titled "Ghost." PRESS THIS BUTTON TO RETURN TO THE PREVIOUS PAGE

This picture is a four color limited edition giclée print produced at Trillium Graphics. There are 400 prints in this edition. The original art an oil painting can be seen at Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.


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