Man in a Bowler Hat

by Rene Magritte (1964)

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 other paintings by Magritte, nevertheless, it is easily identified as a painting by Magritte and recalls the well-known painting The Son of Man, 1964.

The man’ face 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, towards the light. We do not see the man’s eyes yet we see the bird’s left eye; in the painting The Son of Man, 1964 we can see the man’s left eye.

Matthew 6:5-8

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

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