Rene Magritte


The Son of Man, (45.67 in × 35 in) 1964, oil painting, private collection
"About the painting Magritte said, Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden..."

       I chose this painting because I think it is the image most associated with Magritte. The subject matter a man's face obscured by an apple and entitled "Son of Man," causes the viewer to think about Adam and the Garden of Eden and how even though we are supposed to be civilized within us all lies temptaions we must resist.  The composition of the man against the wall, the body of water and the cloud filled sky also implies the conflict of man's behavior towards the world and all of the struggles that will face him.