Rene Magritte (1898 - 1967): Man in a Bowler Hat, 1964, oil1/10/2021, 10:11:43 AM
Rene Magritte (1898 - 1967): Man in a Bowler Hat, 1964, oil on canvas, Private Collection Magritte used the image of a man wearing a bowler hat in several of his paintings. This painting is perhaps not as well known as his other paintings, nevertheless, it is easily identified as a painting by Magritte and recalls his 'The Son of Man', 1964. The man's face here is covered, just as if the dove flew into the frame just as Magritte "snapped" the picture. The bird is flying from the man's left to his right. His tie is a pale pink compared to the bright red tie that appears in 'The Son of Man'. Besides, this painting is a closeup "shoulder" shot of the man. It is not clear that the blue background behind him is the sky or he is sitting in front of a backdrop for a portrait. It was the mystery, the sense of wonder, that attracted Magritte and made him so different from most of his fellow Surrealists. What he wanted, and what he achieves in his best work, was not so much to challenge the viewer as to intrigue him into seeing life liberated from the concrete and the present.