The Healer // René Magritte // 1967 // bronze // photograph by Erin Fong
Known for his witty and unusual juxtapositions, René Magritte was a famed sculptor and painter in the Surrealist movement. In his bronze sculpture of The Healer [which is currently on view at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC], you can see a man sitting with a cloak, cane and top hat. But where is his head? Instead of a face Magritte placed a bird cage with two birds. What do the birds symbolize? I am not sure. Do you have any ideas?