"This work is made from a commercial plaster reproduction of the death
mask of the French Emperor Napoleon. Magritte painted at least five of
these casts, each with sky and clouds. Discussing the works, the
artist's friend the Surrealist poet Paul Nougé suggested an
association between death, dreams and the depth of the sky. He
commented: 'a patch of sky traversed by clouds and dreams [can]
transfigure the very face of death in a totally unexpected way'."
(from display tag)
I was introduced to this image on Marta Pinto's blog (teacher from Portugal)
Her blog is in Portuguese - but you can see that she has been
interested in a lot of the same topics we have (smile). I "met" Marta
on Getty list and Dr. Roland's Art Education 2.0.