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

The Son of Man by Rene Magritte


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?


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. That souns intersting

  2. Son of Man 1964 oil on canvas from Rene Margritte
    The apple is floating. The setting is at a bridge at china. Its mysterious and surprising. He probably has a mustash and beard plus a monkey nose. I Think he is saying laugh at me all you want im pretty on the inside not outside.

  3. The son of man.1964.Rene Magritte

    This painting is odd because there is a apple levitating in
    the mans face.
    I think this painting takes place in a bridge with no people but
    him.The emotions in this painting are sadness and loneliness.
    I think the apple is floating in the mans face because either he is
    a thief or a unknown person that got his face punched many times
    and now it looks like an old lady.What the painting is trying to say is
    never run into an old friend that beat your face up and twisted your

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

    I think appears odd about this painting is the apple.
    I think this painting takes place over the ocean on a bridge.I think the emotions it reveals are sad and suspishis.
    I think there is a apple to cover his face.I think the apple is floating because he’s biting the apple.I think his face has a black eye and a bump on his lip.I think it’s a thief and its trying to say if you steel stuff you’ll get beat up.

  5. The thing that’s strange is there is an apple on his face.I think the painting is taking place near the sea.The painting makes me feel curios.I think the apple is there because someone threw it.The way i think he looks like is he is smiling with wrinkles.I think the painting is trying to tell us it does not matter what your face looks like.

  6. i thought the sun of man was cool.

  7. I think what it is trying to say is dont juge a book by its cover

  8. I noticed that one of his hands are bent kind of and an elbow is there. Oh and one thing hides another like the
    screen hides the board. The board hides the shelves. The shelves hide a basket. The basket hides the markers. The markers hides the marker cap and the marker cap hides the tip of the marker. 🙂


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