Herbert Draper The Lament for Icarus exhibited 1898

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Herbert Draper 1863–1920
The Lament for Icarus
Date Exhibited 1898
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1829 x 1556 mm
frame: 2400 x 2185 x 240 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1898
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1900

Display caption

This picture shows the dead Icarus from Greek mythology. He is surrounded by lamenting sea-nymphs. His father, the craftsman Daedalus, made wings out of wax so that he and his son might escape from the island of Crete. But, overcome by pride, Icarus flies too near to the sun, the wax melts, and he plunges to his death.This is Herbert Draper’s most famous picture. He belonged to the generation of British artists that was influenced by French Impressionism but Draper devoted himself to the historical and literary themes of Victorian artists such as Edward Burne-Jones.

July 2007

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