This major publication on William Blake (1757–1827) explores the man and his work as printmaker, painter and revolutionary poet. What is it about the artist, who claimed his first vision of angels in a tree at age 10, to have such an impact on generations of creative people? Bob Dyan and Allen Ginsberg in our own time, Samuel Palmer, George Richmond and Edward Calvert in the 19th century -- and countless others have been impacted by this fascinating individual. Our graphic novels and fantasy art have a direct link to Blake's etched songs and Prophetic Books.
This is the complete catalogue of an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, written by Michael Phillips, world authority on Blake. The exploration is in three basic sections -- the first, Blake’s early career and apprenticeship and includes his drawings for Westminster Abbey, his schooling and his attraction for great Renaissance master printmaker-artists. . .
Blake’s most inventive (1790’s) period features the development of his etched poetry and design together -- creative work done in relief on the same copper plate. He used this “Illuminated Printing” to produce his Songs of Innocence and of Experience, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, and Europe a Prophecy
In Blake’s final years, encouraged by John Linnell, his interest in pure line engraving resulted in magnificent illustrations for the Book of Job, and young artists such as Samuel Palmer and Edward Calvert (the group, ‘The Ancients’) gathered around him and produced their own luminous works -- also shown in this stunning publication.