Only Icarus

Drawing From Nowhere#70
12th October 2016

Oil pastel on paper
42cm x 29.7cm (A3)

Breugel's painting “The Fall of Icarus” is a favourite of mine. Icarus forms a tiny part of it (in the bottom right corner). This drawing removes all other elements except for Icarus's flailing legs. It makes it easier to spot him…

From Auden's poem “Musee des Beaux Arts”

In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water, and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.


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