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Lifespan: 1757 - 1827
Nationality: English artist
Gender: male
Collection: 7 paintings

William Blake, born in 1757 in London, was a well-known Romantic era poet. However, he also experimented with painting as part of his encompassing philosophy. As a young artist he began to study engravings of classical Greek style in an apprenticeship because his father had recognized his artistic genius at an early age. This apprenticeship, which he completed rather than school after he had learned to write, was what spurred an early interest and respect for classical Greek and Roman art. He was also taught in Henry Par’s drawing school to understand the basic premises behind illustration and also learned the techniques for drawing the human figure in the typical way- from sculptures and life models. Blake did have formal training in art outside of his engraving apprenticeship as he attended the Royal Academy. However, Blake disagreed with many of the top people of importance at the school since he continued to follow the example of the Old Masters rather than succumb to the newer trends in painting and visual arts. These examples would remain important and become a factor in his poetry as well. After the conclusion of his time at the Royal Academy in 1782, Blake acquired a patron named John Flaxman who would remain important. William Blake found innovation in his art with the process he invented known as relief etching which combined both his poetry and the illuminated pictures formed through etching. The process of relief etching included writing the poetry on copper plates and then using a solution of acid to dissolve the untreated copper, rather than the opposing method which dissolved the treated copper. The first great artistic work of William Blake’s career was a bound book filled with poetry inlaid on the same surface as detailed picture engravings called Songs of Innocence. However, his “Bible” known as The Marriage of Heaven and Hell became Blake’s undeniable masterpiece upon it’s publishing in 1790 as it married the artistic methods of engraving with the intense poetry reflected Blake’s revolutionary Romantic beliefs which were modeled after Biblical prophesies. Each page of etchings was also colored in a way to reflect the text and appeared to look more like miniature paintings than how many individuals may perceive an etching to appear. Blake also spent a great amount of time illustrating Dante’s Inferno with a similar method of operation. Many of his other engravings, such as his self-portrait, have a distinct realism quality which reveals the extreme amount of detail and care that Blake was required to devote to the creation of his engravings. Though engraving was Blake’s primary method of artistic creation outside of words, he also continued to receive requests from his patron John Flaxman for tasks such as water color illustrations for poems written by others. Blake’s greatest accomplishments include ushering in the Romantic period in literature, as well as forming a method of printing which allowed for the combination of poetry and images in a new way.


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Glad Day Paintings | William Blake paintings

Glad Day

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Nebuchadnezzar 1795-1805 Paintings | William Blake paintings

Nebuchadnezzar 1795-1805

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Newton 1795-1805 Paintings | William Blake paintings

Newton 1795-1805

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Oberon Titania with Fairies Dancing 1786 Paintings | William Blake paintings

Oberon Titania with Fairies Dancing 1786

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Pity 1795 Paintings | William Blake paintings

Pity 1795

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The Ancient of Days Paintings | William Blake paintings

The Ancient of Days

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The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun 1806-9 Paintings | William Blake paintings

The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun 1806-9

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