ICARUS - ORIGINAL ARTWORK, SIGNED

levy, d.a.

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Place Published: N.p.
Publisher: S.i.
Date Published: 1964
Book Id: 3918

Description

Original illustration, composed in black pen and dark brown ink on a sheet of cream-colored spiralbound notebook paper, measuring 8.25" x 10.75" (21cm x 27.5cm). Titled, signed, and dated by levy (in pencil) at lower right corner. Three horizontal folds smoothed-out, toning to corners, with a tiny piece of clear tape on verso of lower left corner; Very Good+.

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A singular, early work by levy - his interpretation of the Icarus story from Greek mythology. In the story, Icarus and his father Daedalus were imprisoned in the Labyrinth by King Minos of Crete. Daedalus, an inventor and craftsman, fashioned two pairs of wings from wood, feathers, and wax, allowing he and his son to escape. He cautioned Icarus to fly neither too close to the sea, nor too close to the sun, for fear that the wax would melt; Icarus, immediately ecstatic with the ability to fly, forgot his father's warning, flew too close to the sun, and plunged to his death in the sea. levy's work, composed a year after the publication of his first book, depicts a shattered winged figure, hurtling towards extinction. A tragic work of art by one of the 20th century's most tragic poetic voices. While we have handled several hundred printed publications by levy, works of this nature and of this vintage are genuinely uncommon.


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