It is perhaps his most well-known artwork. Magritte painted it as a self-portrait. The man's face is largely obscured by a hovering green apple. However, the man's eyes can be seen peeking over the edge of the apple. Another subtle feature is that the man's left arm appears to bend backwards at the elbow. At least it hides the face partly well, so you have the apparent face, the apple, hiding the visible but hidden, the face of Gravel - Various - The Sound Pellegrino Podcast - Episode 92 : Nick Monaco (File) person.
It's something that happens constantly. 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.
The Son of Man closely resembles two other Magritte paintings. The Great War La grande guerre, is a variation on The Son of Man which represents only the upper torso and head of the bowler hatted man, with the apple completely hiding his face. The Taste of the Invisible Le Gout de l'invisible is a gouache painting of the same subject. There is also Man in the Bowler Hata similar painting wherein a man's face is obscured by a bird rather than an apple.
Apple in which a man's head is replaced, rather than hidden, by a red apple. The painting plays an important role in the version of The Thomas Crown Affair. The green apple was an ongoing motif in Magritte's work. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.