If you want to understand Surrealism, here is one of the jewels and most iconic works of art. Moreover, it is not simply a reprint of this painting by Rene Magritte, it has been transformed into a 3D sculpture by the Dutch contemporary artists of Parastone. While The Son of Man was Margritte's self-portrait, it rather dissimulates the painter behind a green apple, shows him in an overcoat and a hat bowler and faces the viewer. Through this, Margritte indicates that art creation is as much revelation as it is obscurancy. Surrealism transcends the visible and tactile, goes beyond what our eyes and all our senses can grasp. Reality is not bare to have, but something to imagine and to construct. Perhaps, what is hidden tells us more than what is being undressed and naked in front of us. Hence, presentation is often playing at another dimension, black represents gold.
The paining also got a political dimension inside, as the canvas of the portrait, The Son of Man, reminds of the WWI painting of Magritte, called The Great War on Facades. In both paintings the iconographies are similar in features and play on the painting frame, a liner that features wall and sea.
The present work Magritte was asked to paint by Harry Torczyner in 1963, but it took Magritte a few years to execute it. The painter was certainly inspired by another member of the surrealists, namely the poet Irène Hamoir.
Title of the original painting: The Son of Man (1964); Oil on canvas, 116 x 89 cm
Details of our product:
3D product, 13cm height