|Henri Matisse, Icarus, 1947 (V&A)|
There's an excellent overview of the exhibition by Richard Cork in the Financial Times. I love the way the show brings together mythical stories like the Fall of Icarus and modern visions of flight; it hadn't really occurred to me before that my instinctive lack of faith in the ability of a plane to remain airborne is rooted in childhood stories. Human flight, so the Icarus story suggests, is a form of hubris (ie having ambitions above your station) which the Gods are obliged to punish.
|Alfred G. Buckham, Storm Centre, 1920 (Scottish NPG, copyright R & J Buckham)|
Hurry! The exhibition ends September 30th.