painting - The Son of Man Magritte
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The Great War on Facades, however, features a woman holding painting an umbrella, her face covered by a flower. The bowler-hatted men all carry identical briefcases full of copies of the painting Son of Man. The Son of Man is privately owned. .
The painting consists of a man in a painting American Gothic suit and a bowler hat standing in front of a small wall, beyond which is the sea and a cloudy sky. Another subtle feature is that the man s left arm appears to bend backwards at the elbow. About the painting Magritte said, The Son of Man should not be confused with The Great War on Facades (La Grande Guerre FaÃ§ades), another Magritte painting featuring similar imagery.
The man s face is largely obscured by a hovering green apple. The protagonist of the film uses numerous bowler-hatted men, akin to the subject in the painting, to confuse the police while he breaks into the museum.
The painting should also not be confused with Man in the Bowler Hat, a similar painting where the man s face is obscured by a bird rather than an apple. The painting Son of Man is a prominent motif in the 1999 film about an art theft titled The Thomas Crown Affair. The Son of Man (French: Le fils de l homme) is a 1964 painting by the Belgian surrealist painter RenÃ© Magritte. Magritte painted it as a self-portrait.
However, the man s eyes can be seen peeking over the edge of the apple.