Herbert James Draper, 1863-1920, The Lament for Icarus, 1898
Designed and Printed in Britain
42cm x 42cm
This classic work is from British painter Herbert James Draper, an artist renowned for his work on Greek mythology. This particular painting depicts the dead Icarus, surrounded by lamenting sea-nymphs. In the classic story, Icarus' father Daedalus made wings made of wax, so that he and his son could escape their island prison on Crete. But, overcome by pride, and ignoring all warnings, Icarus flies too close to the sun, melting his wings and plunging to his death.
Draper's use of the male body for the projection of subjective emotion is a feature of late-Victorian painting and sculpture, while the rays of the setting sun on distant cliffs emphasise the transience of time. The warm colours here work brilliantly against a dark jacket, or can complement a lighter summer ensemble. Draper applied liquid light effects in his painting style, and this allows for subtle highlights when folded. The intricate border design also enables striking point folds