The Conquest of the Air - SKETCHLINE



The Conquest of the Air


Sir Roland Algernon Penrose


Mediums: oil, canvas.
Location: private collection.

The painting was created before the beginning of the Second World War, when aircraft industry was actively developing and was very popular. The allegory used by the author in this painting is quite simple and understandable. A human being could not fly like a bird, so he created steel machines, locking his soul in a cramped metal cage. Perhaps, that is why the man depicted in the painting looks like a robot with empty eyes and unmoving facial traits, while the bird in the cage is expressive.