Art Analysis The Son of Man- A Surreal Aesthetic Art

The Son of Man is an aesthetic piece of art painted by the Belgian Surrealist artist René Magritte in the year 1964. This is one of his most famous bizarre artwork. The painting is made using Oil Paint as the medium. Magritte painted The Son of Man as a self-portraiture.

The painting comprises of a man wearing an overcoat and a bowler hat and standing before a low wall, beyond which there is a sea and a lovely cloudy sky. The face of the man is very vague and unclear because of a hovering green apple. The eyes of the man can be seen peeping over the edge of the apple. Another obtuse feature is that the left arm of the man appears to bend backward at the elbow.

About this surreal painting, René Magritte said – At least it secretes the face partially very well, so you have the presumed face, the apple, and hiding the noticeable but hidden, the face of the person. It is something that happens persistently. Everything we see hides the other thing, we always want to see what exactly is hidden by what we see. The thing that is not visible to anyone or which the visible does not show us is highly interesting. This interest can take the shape of a quite passionate feeling, a sort of disagreement, one may say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is actually present.