Analysis Of The Son Of Man By Rene Magritte

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The Son of Man, is a surrealist oil painting, included in a series of other pieces, that was created by Rene' Magritte in 1964. The painting is a self-portrait of a man wearing a white collared shirt with a red tie, red gloves, a bowler hat, and a long suit coat with two buttons. The man in the painting is standing in front of a short, stone wall overlooking the sea with a bright green apple with four green leaves covering his face. The left arm on the man, is bent backwards at the elbow, and his eye on his face is slightly peeking from behind the apple. The sky is gloomy, setting a depressed and sad mood, but the ocean is sensing an emotion of calmness. Magritte is conveying several intents from the actual visual and thought process of the painting, to the overall painting as a whole. Magritte's intention of the construction for the painting was to show viewers that everything an individual observes hides something else. In the painting, the man's entire face is hidden by the apple except for a partial view of his eye, which leads the viewer to a sense of curiosity. The viewer is most likely thinking, Who is actually behind the apple? What does the male actually look like? Is it the artist himself that the painter painted behind the apple? And why is there an apple dangling in midair, covering the gentleman's face? What is he trying to hide or is he trying to hide from someone or something? Why is he peeking from behind an apple? People tend to have an urge to

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