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Fall of Icarus

Oil Paintitng 2016

In Greek mythology, Icarus is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus, the creator of the Labyrinth. Icarus and his father attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. Icarus' father warns him first of complacency and then of hubris, asking that he fly neither too low nor too high, so the sea's dampness would not clog his wings or the sun's heat melt them.

 

Icarus ignored his father's instructions not to fly too close to the sun; when the wax in his wings melted he tumbled out of the sky and fell into the sea where he drowned, sparking the idiom "don't fly too close to the sun".

I wanted to give both the perspective of Icarus (the son) and  Daedalus , (the father) as I believe many know about Icarus but find it difficult to name his father and what kind of impact the loss had on him.

Falling you can still see Icarus reaching out to what he was chasing hence the outstretched arm 

Daedalus is looking up with a sense of  "what have i done" as he crafted the wings for his son so i wanted his pose to reflect that.