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René Magritte. The Son of Man, 1964, oil painting, private collection.
René Magritte. The Son of Man, 1964, oil painting, private collection.

The Son of Man (French: Le fils de l'homme) is a 1964 painting by the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte. Image File history File links Magritte_TheSonOfMan. ... Image File history File links Magritte_TheSonOfMan. ... This is not a pipe. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Surrealism is an artistic movement and an aesthetic philosophy that aims for the liberation of the mind by emphasizing the critical and imaginative powers of the subconscious. ... This is not a pipe. ...

Magritte painted it as a self-portraitlol. The painting consists of a man in a suit and a bowler hat standing in front of a small wall, beyond which is the sea and a cloudy sky. The man's face is largely obscured by a hovering apple. The bowler hat is a hard felt hat with a rounded crown created for Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester of Holkham, in 1850. ... Sea as seen from jetty in Frankston, Australia Look up Sea in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Binomial name Malus domestica Borkh. ...

The Son of Man should not be confused with The Great War on Facades (La Grande Guerre Facades), another Magritte painting featuring similar imagery. Both feature a person standing in front of a wall overlooking the sea. The Great War on Facades, however, features a woman holding an umbrella, her arm covered by a flower. The painting should also not be confused Man in the Bowler Hat, a similar painting where the man's face is obscured by a bird rather than an apple.

About the painting Magritte said,

Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see, but it is impossible. Humans hide their secrets too well....

The Son of Man is privately owned.

The painting was used in the 1999 film The Thomas Crown Affair and in the 2004 short film Ryan. According to the Beatles Anthology, the apple in the Apple Records logo was designed to resemble the one in this Magritte painting. This is a list of film-related events in 1999. ... The Thomas Crown Affair is a 1999 film and remake of the 1968 film of the same name. ... // Please note that these are the top grossing films that were first released in 2004; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing films for calendar year 2004. ... Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ...

The cloudy sky might represent the mystery of the image, and how things are hidden from us. The endless sea might represent the endless possibilities of mystery.

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CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Son of Man (945 words)
It is employed (1) as a poetical synonym for man, or for the ideal man, e.g.
"Blessed is the man that doth this and the son of man that shall lay hold on this" (Isaiah 56:2).
Greek scholars are agreed that the correct translation of this is "the son of man", not "the son of the man".
Son of Man, the - International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1711 words)
Compare with these words from Da the words of Jesus to the high priest during His trial, "Henceforth ye shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven" (Matthew 26:64), and the echo of the Old Testament words cannot be mistaken.
The probability, therefore, is that the passages referring to the son of man are of later date and of Christian origin.
He felt Himself to be identified with all as their brother, their fellow-sufferer, their representative and champion; and, in some respects, the deepest word He ever spake was, "For the Son of man also came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45 parallel).
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