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Contemporary woman artist's interpretation of Rene Magritte's famous surrealistic painting 'The Son of Man'. The painting features a nude woman in the center of the canvas. The background is very similar to that of Magritte's original painting.  Her breasts are covered by her long brown hair, with the same apple as in Magritte's work covering her private parts.
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(oil painting on canvas, 24X36, 2008)

"The daughter of man"

"The Daughter of Man" is not a self-portrait per se. My original intention was to create a painting that represents a 'generic' Western woman. Unabashedly flawed and uninhibited, I envisioned her as an antipode to Magritte's rigid and faceless 'son of man'. I also had a particular facial expression in mind that I wanted my heroine to have. I pictured it as a cross between Mona Lisa's mysterious smile and a slightly condescending smirk of an all-knowing, heavily opinionated modern woman.

I don't know about other artists, but I'm a 'monkey think, monkey do' type of artist. Meaning that whenever I start thinking about what facial expression to give my subject I subconsciously start grimacing to feel what would the facial muscles do and it helps me to paint what I intend. ...and that's how 'The Daughter of Man' ended up looking like my (thus far potential only) daughter.

A few months after the completion of my smirking creation, I accidently happened to discover that 'The Son of Man", (Rene Magritte's painting that inspired mine), was actually painted as the artist's self-portrait, a fact that I found rather amusing…

"Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see."
Rene Magritte

"What a strange thing man is; and what a stranger thing woman."
Lord Byron

"You don't have to be naked to be sexy."
Nicole Kidman

"Now that women are jockeys, baseball umpires, atomic scientists, and business executives, maybe someday they can master parallel parking."
Bill Vaughan