"René François Ghislain Magritte (21 November 1898 – 15 August 1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for creating a number of witty and thought-provoking images. Often depicting ordinary objects in an unusual context, his work is known for challenging observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality. His imagery has influenced pop, minimalist and conceptual art.
The Son of Man (French: Le fils de l'homme) is a 1964 painting by the
Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte. It is perhaps his most well-known
Magritte painted it as a self-portrait. The painting consists of a man in an
overcoat and a bowler hat standing in front of a low wall, beyond which is
the sea and a cloudy sky. The man's face is largely obscured by a hovering
About the painting, Magritte said:
At least it hides the face partly well, so you have the apparent face, the
apple, hiding the visible but hidden, the face of the person. It's something
that happens constantly. 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 and which the visible does not show us. This interest can
take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say,
between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present."