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There is a wonderful history of works of art that depict tax collectors in a negative light. In fact, I have never heard of a work that depicted them in in a positive way! It's nice to know that changing people's psychological view of the tax man would certainly be an uphill battle.
This painting depicts hideous men dressed in absurd, flashy clothing as they go down their lists. It's also a great example of the artist expressing how he believed man should not be in regards to money.