This painting draws me back to my corporate days in telecommunications. In the days when telecommunications was new no one really new all the time what the hell was going on. The bosses were banging on for sales hitting your targets and the middle management were told to whip us (the sales reps) into shape, make sure they hit those targets. Every 6 months you would get a review…. and it was serious times. I would think of the bosses whiling the whips on the middle management personal coming in an echoing the bosses trying to be big man but really they were under the whip too.