LANDSCAPE WITH THE FALL OF ICARUS
by William Carlos Williams, According to Brueghel
when Icarus fell
it was spring
a farmer was ploughing
the whole pageantry
of the year was
the edge of the sea
sweating in the sun
the wings' wax
off the coast
a splash quite unnoticed
Icarus is found on some stamps, I show a few here (click on the picture and you may see it in a bigger format). The stamp above representing the painting of Breugel somewhat misses the point: you see the farmer, but Icarus drowning is in the left corner of the painting, it fell off the stamp.
These above are 1924 Hungarian air mail stamps.
The Chagal representation is fundamentally different then the Breugel: here people look what happens and they witness the drama of the free fall, whereas Breugel shows that the world goes on, nobody is watching or perhaps even caring for the fallen man.