The Son of Man. 1964. Oil on canvas. Rene Magritte

The Son of Man by Rene Magritte

THE SON OF MAN, 1964 BY RENE MAGRITTE – © THIS ARTWORK IS POSTED ON THE SITE IN ACCORDANCE WITH FAIR USE PRINCIPLES.

Rene Magritte, a talented surrealist painter, makes us reflect with curiosity.

“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.” – Rene Magritte

To better understand what Rene is trying to say, notice deeply and reflect on the following points by writing what comes to mind.

  • What appears odd about this painting?
  • Where do you believe this painting takes place?
  • What emotions does this painting reveal?

The apple is obviously more than just an apple.

  • Why is the apple there?
  • Why does it float?
  • What does his face look like?
  • Who is the man and what do you believe the painting is trying to say?

Remember:

Talent: natural abilities or qualities.

Surrealism: an artistic and literary movement, dedicated to expressing the imagination as revealed in dreams, free of the conscious control of reason and convention.



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69 replies

  1. The Son Of Man.1964.Oil On Canvas.Rene Magritte

    I think the apple is there because, he probably likes apples and he wanted it to be in the picture.
    I dont know why it floats.
    I think his face looks like a business man or a regular man.
    I think this painting is trying to tell us that he is probably depressed and if he was serious.
    I Believe that this takes place at a ocean.
    I think its odd because, he is biting an apple and has leaf on his eyes.

  2. The son of men.1964.Oil on canvas.
    Rena Magritte

    This painting is odd to me because there is a floating green apple in the mans face.. I think where the painting takes place is the man standing on top of a bridge on top of the ocean. I think what emotion in the painting is because he is making a sad face and hid eyebrows are dented. His eyebrows are dented because maybe with the floating apple he it trying to hide his sadness. His face looks lonely, sad, and maybe shy.. This painting might be trying to say is that this person is a lonely guy and maybe sad with no-one..

    • Thank you Kaitlin for your interpretation. The idea that the floating apple is hiding his sadness is interesting. If you could change the item in front of the mans face, what would you replace the apple with?

  3. Hello Kiwis. I’m very proud of your responses. Thank you for placing great thought and clarity into your writing. Go back and look at your responses and the replies. The more you look at a piece of work, take the time to understand it, and read other peoples responses, the more you will appreciate Rene’s work.

  4. The Son of Man 1964 Oil on canvas Rene Magritte

    What appears odd about this painting is that a apple is on his face.
    I believe that this painting takes place near a ocean.
    The emotion that this painting reveals is odd.
    There is a apple there because he doesn’t want to show his face.
    I don’t know why the apple is floating.
    His face looks like if he was serious.
    The man looks like a business man and I believe that this painting is trying to say that it’s sad.

  5. THE SON OF MAN 1964

    This painting is odd because there is an apple over his face. I think the painting takes place in china.The painting expresses sadness. I have no idea why the apple is there. I think the apple is floating because someone
    is throwing it at him.I don’t know what his face looks like because the apple is covering it. The man is
    Rene magritte and I have no idea what the painting is trying to say.

  6. The Son of the Man 1964 Rene

    The painting is try to tell us the man is sad because maybe he is ugly .And maybe
    he is a business man I think the man is by the oecon and I have no idea why the
    apple is flouting????

  7. The Son Of Man.1964.Oil on canvas.
    Rene is trying to show us that he is someone that wouldn’t want to show his face in the painting.I think he is sad.It looks like it takes place on a palace wall.The apple is floating because he is bitting on it.

  8. The Son of Man 1964 Oil on Canvas
    I think that in this painting Rene is trying to tell us that we should respect the food we have,cause there are people on that are miles away starving,so that would explain the apple.So, this painting is odd to me for many reasons.One of the reasons is that the apple is floating.I don’t know for some odd reason this painting just casts a dark shadow for some reason.To put this whole thing to conclution this painting is just WIERD.

    • Hi Flynn. Your response is unique partly because you are thinking globally about hunger around the world. Let me ask you a question. Have you seen the details on the right side of the man in the painting? What do you notice?

    • That is so nice of you and yes we should be happy with what the food we have.

  9. The Son of Man
    The painting is odd to me for many reasons because an apple is covering his face. The place I think he is at is in France near the ocean. This painting tells me it is sad and lonely because the way the painting is colored . I think he wants he wants to eat the apple. It is not floating he is biting it, so it is in his mouth . I don’t know what he looks like. The man is Rene’s son and to me it is trying to say never be scared to speak up.

  10. The Son of Man.1964.Oil on canvas.
    Rene Magritte.
    The odd thing that appears on the painting
    is the apple covering the man’s face.
    I believe the painting takes place in the sea.
    The emotions the painting reveals are lonely, sad, and
    mad. Maybe the apple is there because he does not want to
    be seen. It floats because that’s the way Rene wants it to be.
    The person in the painting has big ears, thin eyebrows, and brown eyes.
    I think the man in the painting is Rene. Rene is trying to say, “Don’t run away from your
    fears face them.”

  11. The Son Of A Man 1964 Rene is trying to show us that we are who we are and to be who we are.The painting is interesting because it has a apple on his face.The reason why there is a apple on his face is because he is(I think)biting on the apple.I do not know what his face looks like.I think that the mood of the picture is sad,and dark.I think that where he is in is china.

  12. The Son of Man.1964.Oil on canvas Rene Magritte

    The painting is weird because the apple is floating,and so it is kind of weird.I believe the painting took place on the Great Wall of China because you can stand on the wall. The emotions reveal sad and depressed because it is cloudy,no sun,and dark.The apple might mean that Rene loves apples or he paints weird things.I don’t get why the apple is floating.

    • Hi Katie. I’m glad that you shared your emotions. Think about this, could the object in front of his face be something else? Why would the artist choose an apple? He could have picked anything else to place in front of his face, right?

    • That is funny Katie i don’t get why the apple is floating either. 😀

  13. The Sun of Man.1964.Oil on Canvas.Rene Magritte
    Rene is trying to show us there is an apple on his face.
    Where it takes place where the ocean and in China maybe?
    I think his emotions is happy.
    The apple on his face is because maybe his is hiding from someone.
    It is not floating he is biting on it.
    His face looks like he is scared.
    The man is Rene Magritte himself he is trying to say that he is hiding from someone.

  14. The Son of Man 1964 Oil on Canvas by Rene Magritte

    I think Rene is trying to show us that it is the inside that matters not your appearance. I think it is odd because of the apple in his face. The painting is taken place maybe at the bridge. The emotion is maybe dark or mysterious because of the dark, and mysterious clouds, and the darkness or another reason is i don’t see the sun or anything. I have no idea why the apple is floating or is even there. I can only see half of his eye. I believe the painting is trying to say you are handsome/pretty just the way you are.

  15. The son of man.1964.oil on canvas.rene magritte

    The man does not want any body to see his face.
    I have no idea why the apple is floating.
    I think the man is a spy.
    What i think the painting is trying to say is that the man likes apples.
    He has an apple an his face.
    I think the painting takes place outside on a sidewalk and the other end is the ocean.
    It makes people laugh and enjoy the painting