René Magritte painted four practically identical canvases in 1928 with the image of a man and a woman kissing, but with the faces of both covered with a white veil that, given its humidity it fits those heads. These four paintings are now both in private collections and in major museums such as the MoMA in New York or the National Portrait Gallery of Australia.
The truth is that at that time he painted that element of a wet veil on a head many times. Something that can be related to the author's own experiences, since being a 13-year-old boy his mother ended up committing suicide after a deep depression, and for this she threw herself into the Sambre river, from where they took her inert body, covering her face of drowning with a veil and with all the wet clothes completely adhered to her body. Something that undoubtedly had to remain engraved in the child's memory.
The truth is that there are more elements that are repeated throughout the long pictorial career of this Belgian artist. For example, giving each other that impossible kiss, without contact, is still an act of solitary confinement, like the ones he performed so many times with the famous man in a bowler hat and his impersonal suit.
However, one of the charms of Magritte'ssurrealist artis that he never explained the images he posed in his paintings. so there is someonesees here a representation of the bad relationship between his parents and how badly it ended. While other spectators interpret a perfect symbol of blind love, of forbidden love, of how two complete strangers can attract each other, of the suffocation that can sometimes be felt with the couple or of how insensitive a love relationship can become..
Magrittedid not give interviews, so he did not talk about these interpretations, and simply said that he dedicated himself to conveying his thoughts through the pictures he painted, nothing else.
But still his games and provocations are constant, and they are what make us look at his pictures trying to find meaning. And not only in the main figures, in other details. Here he presents us with one of his most common games between the interior and the exterior. Is the back wall painted like this, or is it the sky? And the good thing is that each viewer has the right to think and see what they see fit. For this reason, Magritte is one of the most exquisite artists of European Surrealism.