John Armstrong Icarus 1940

Artwork details

Artist
John Armstrong 1893–1973
Title
Icarus
Date 1940
Medium Tempera on board
Dimensions Support: 533 x 375 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1941
Reference
N05257
Not on display

Display caption

Icarus flew too close to the sun, so that his wings, made of wax, melted, and he crashed into the sea and drowned. Armstrong made this painting at the beginning of the second world war, and imagined the world to be like Icarus on the edge of disaster, with wings already damaged.

August 2004

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