Today We, Zarathustra the Cat, reveal to the world the true version of the famous painting “The Son of Man” by the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte, perhaps his best-known artwork, which appeared to be “The Son of Cat”:
Magritte painted it as a self-portrait and invited Us to pose with him in front of a mirror.
The artist ordered on Amazon some accessories for us: a green apple hat and a shirt-front with a collar and a red tie.
The painter was concerned that we would throw off the hat, so his eyes were peeking over the edge of the apple:
Our facial expression mirrored his concerns.
Later Magritte said about the painting:
“At least it hides the face partly well, so you have the apparent face, the cat’s face, hiding the visible but hidden, the face of the 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.”
Of course, look at the purrson, the person’s cat, and you will understand the person!
Now have a look at the commonly known version of the masterpiece:
Really, what is the drama here? Did somebody throw an apple at the face of a human? Who cares!
Will the cat throw off the apple hat, or not, that is the real drama!
Thus speaks Zarathustra the Cat