What’s In A Name

December 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Time to explain, why the blog was named so!

Son Of Man is the name of a painting by René Magritte. Got introduced to the painting, through a movie named Thomas Crown Affair in which Pierce Brosnan plays the role of a rich businessman but who steals art. The paining comes up during the climax when Brosnan has to evade the cops.

Son Of Man, a 1964 painting by Rene

But the meaning of the painting is the interesting part. As we see, there is an apple hiding a face, revealing a little portion of the eye. What it means is that the true, perfect, complete face/nature of someone is never revealed. What we see is always a portion of it. In Rene’s own words,

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.

At least till now, all I liked about the painting was the thought that, dont take anything at face-value, just be conscious that there could always be hidden motives/emotions.

But, now, I realise that we all live a life of deciet atleast to a percentage. Am not judging anyone, but that’s the way it is, I do that too. So, from now on, I hope the painting will remind me of the falseness in life! Encourage to have my heart and mind at the right place!

– Arun Vallappan

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