The Sun / Henri Matisse : Icarus (1947)

The mythological embodiment of man’s desire to take to the skies, Icarus’s hubristic flight on wings made from wax and feathers was foiled by the sun, causing him to plumet to his death in the Mediteranean. Icarus is a pararble for both not breaking through one’s humility but also the parallel and essential desire to touch the limits of our corporal existence.

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