Talk:The Son of Man

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This article says it's from 1946, but most places I find online say it's from 1964? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:22, 6 November 2015 (UTC)

I have the same concern. Even the Wikipedia page for Rene Magritte lists the painting as painted in 1964, not 1946. And since Listening Room was of a similar theme and created a year later, 1964 makes better sense. Qitonia (talk) 15:33, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

I had changed the year to 1946 after much research [1]but some still say 1964.[2] Rogankiwifruit —Preceding undated comment added 21:54, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

Development of Meaning[edit]

Does anyone have a source which explains the themes in this work? I have a pretty good idea, but I would love read more on it. --Vector4F 07:21, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

I have added "citation needed" tags to the interpretation of the painting's meaning. I find the statement that "the apple represents temptation" to be highly suspect. Magritte stated that his paintings evoked mystery, which is unknowable. He also was annoyed when people insisted on speaking about his paintings in terms of what they "symbolize". He is also known to have chosen quite arbitrary hello names for his paintings, and often allowed friends to choose the names. Therefore I believe this interpretation regarding the businessman symbolizing "the son of Adam" and the apple symbolizing "temptation" is extremely unlikely to represent the intentions of Magritte himself. Unless there are supporting references to show this interpretation coming from some expert on Magritte's work, it is most likely "original research" or "unverifiable" and should be removed. IamNotU (talk) 18:35, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

I have removed the above referenced unverifiable statement. (talk) 19:18, 22 March 2008 (UTC)

Magritte quotes[edit]

Any link to Magritte quotes? They're used on all his wiki pages, and I'd be interested in seeing a link, or at least a site showing that they are TRUE quotes. ( (talk) 14:08, 26 November 2007 (UTC))

Popular reference[edit]

Should we include a section which discusses the popular references to this painting.Pianist666 (talk) 10:54, 4 December 2008 (UTC)Pianist666

I'm for it. Incidently, it plays a large part in The Thomas Crown Affair. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:31, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

3rd Button[edit]

The open/missing 3rd button. Is there any significance in it? (talk) 05:03, 1 November 2011 (UTC)

It looks like it was deliberately painted as being 'open' - as per this picture... ...though I'm still intrigued to know why! (talk) 05:58, 1 November 2011 (UTC)

similar paintings[edit]


The Son of Man should not be confused with The Great War on Facades (La Grande Guerre Façades), 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 face covered by a flower. The painting should also not be confused with Man in a Bowler Hat, a similar painting where the man's face is obscured by a bird rather than an apple.


==Similar paintings==

Magritte also painted The Great War on Facades (La Grande Guerre Façades) with a woman holding an umbrella, her face covered by a flower and a Man in a Bowler Hat where the man's face is obscured by a bird rather than an apple.

Headtransplant (talk) 01:59, 25 October 2015 (UTC)