The Arrival — Julio Larraz 

The Arrival, 2017 by Julio Larraz (b. 1944)

Sunburnt — Julio Larraz


Sunburnt, 2013 by Julio Larraz (b. 1944)

People of the Future — Konstantin Yuon


Люди будущего (People of the Future), 1929 by Konstantin Yuon (1875-1958)

Egorka the Flyer — Gely Korzhev


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 Егорка-летун (Egorka the Flyer), 1976-80 by Gely Korzhev (1925-2012).

“To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph” — Anne Sexton


Dream of Icarus — Sergey Solomko

Icarus Falls, No Big Deal

“Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” by William Carlos Williams

According to Brueghel
when Icarus fell
it was spring

a farmer was ploughing
his field
the whole pageantry

of the year was
awake tingling

the edge of the sea
with itself

sweating in the sun
that melted
the wings’ wax

off the coast
there was

a splash quite unnoticed
this was
Icarus drowning

“Musée de Beaux Arts” by W.H. Auden

About suffering they were never wrong,
The Old Masters: how well, they understood
Its human position; how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;
How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
For the miraculous birth, there always must be
Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
On a pond at the edge of the wood:
They never forgot
That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course
Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot
Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer’s horse
Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.

In Brueghel’s Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.