WILLIAM
BLAKE
(1757-1827)
 
W. Blake: Nabucodonosor.
W. Blake: Nabucodonosor

  • A strange visionary:
     
         Blake is an earlier artist of Romanticism. He had a free spirit to convert images in demonstrations of his inner world. Powerful colors and convulsed positions in his characters pointed out to the beginning of english Romanticism.
     
         Blake is an artist who recreates a rare and wonderful world that will be influential in 20th century art. He has been seen as a forerunner for Surrealism. Scholars said that he composed his works in a state of hallucination.
     
         Blake's father had a shop of stamps and engravings: it clearly marked his vocational training and gave him main artistic ideas. Blake created a restricted art. In his works mythology and religion are a constant: he was obsessed by Old Testament. Beholding his paintings we sink in a universe of unknown, in a mystic-religious sea in wich we do not know neither God nor True. Enigma and fancy snatch ourselves.
     
  • Outstanding works:
     
    W. Blake: Torbellino de amantes. W. Blake, Whirl of Lovers, Birminghan Gallery.
    W. Blake: El anciano de los días, 1794. W. Blake, The Old Man of the Days, Etching and watercolor, 23´3 x 16´8 cm, British Museum, London.
    W. Blake: El cuerpo de Abel descubierto por Adán y Eva, c.1825. W. Blake, Abel's Corpse Discovered by Eve and Adam, c.1825, watercolor on wood, 32 x 43 cm.
    W. Blake:El gran dragón rojo y mujer vestida de sol. W. Blake, Big Red Dragon and Woman Dressed as Sun, c.1806-1809, watercolor on wood, 34.3 x 42 cm. Brooklyn Museum, New York.

    Written by:
    Beatriz Aragonés Escobar.
    Licentiate in Art History


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