More About The Son of Man by Rene Magritte
The Son of Man is a portrait of man behind a floating apple.
No, the painting is not about apples or the man.
It is about humanity in general. Some believe that the man behind the apple is Magritte himself, making this one of his most famous self-portraits.
If you look closely, you can see him peeking from behind the apple.
But is the significance after all?
As surrealist as Magritte was, he was also known for creating thought-provoking paintings that made the viewer think.
When asked, he said that he was just look for joy and purpose in his paintings.
The artwork was not made to mean anything personally but to be experienced and interpreted by the audience.
A lot of people think that the painting is about hiding secrets and emotions. How humans are capable of hiding secrets and other are interested is knowing what is hidden and not what is visible. There is a constant battle between the visible and the hidden.
While other take a religious turn to indicate that The Son of Man is but the story of common man succumbing to temptation.
Apple as a motif in painting symbolizes the fall of man recalling the story of Eve eating an apple lured by the serpant.
A few others suggest that the piece can be a reflection of modern businessmen who have to hide their true identity to conform.
The apple obscures the man’s face, meaning he is hiding his true self from the society.
The interpretations are endless, exactly how Magritte wanted it to be.
If you first lay eyes on the painting, everything looks symmetrical with the green apple being the focal point.
However, if you look at it for a longer time, you can see slight difference here and there. For instance, his left elbow looks deformed compared to the right one.
This little things add a lot of value to the surrealism of the painting.
What’s interesting is the fact that there have been numerous references of The Son of Man in pop-culture. From Simpsons to Stranger Than Fiction and a couple of books too have mentioned this painting.
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