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William Blake
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William Blake had his first vision at age 10—a tree full of angels. Artistically precocious, Blake spent his youth at Henry Pars’s drawing school, copying the human figure from plaster casts of ancient statues. As a teenager, Blake was apprenticed to an engraver, and tasked with drawing the tombs and monuments at Westminster Abbey, a gothic experience that colored his world in metaphysical hues. Blake lived his whole life at the edge of the spiritual plane. His wife Catherine joined him in his search for visions, working by his side as he founded a successful print shop, pioneered a new form of color printing, and built a new religion for himself out of anti-enlightenment thinking, Swedenborgian Christianity, and Greek and Norse mythologies.

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William Blake was an English artist born on November 28, 1757. Blake contributed to the Symbolist movement and died on August 12, 1827.

The Poetic Genius is the true Man and the body or outward form of Man is derived from the Poetic Genius.

All Religions are One 1788

And I made a rural pen, And I stained the water clear, And I wrote my happy songs — Every child may joy to hear.

Songs of Innocence 1789

Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence. From these contraries spring what the religious call Good and Evil... Good is heaven. Evil is hell.

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 1790

Newton, William Blake

Newton 1795

Pity, William Blake

Pity 1795

The Night of Enitharmon’s Joy, William Blake

The Night of Enitharmon’s Joy 1795

Visions of the Daughters of Albion (Frontispiece), William Blake

Visions of the Daughters of Albion (Frontispiece) 1795

Visions of the Daughters of Albion (Plate 4), William Blake

Visions of the Daughters of Albion (Plate 4) 1795

The Angel Appearing to Zacharias, William Blake

The Angel Appearing to Zacharias 1799 – 1800

The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun, William Blake

The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun 1803

I travelled through a land of men, A land of men and women too, And heard and saw such dreadful things, As cold earth wanderers never knew.

The Mental Traveler 1803

Angel of the Revelation, William Blake

Angel of the Revelation 1803 – 1805

Elohim Creating Adam, William Blake

Elohim Creating Adam 1805

The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun, William Blake

The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun 1805 – 1810

The Skeleton Re-Animated, William Blake

The Skeleton Re-Animated 1813

The Sun at his Eastern Gate, William Blake

The Sun at his Eastern Gate 1816 – 1820

Beatrice Addressing Dante from the Car, William Blake

Beatrice Addressing Dante from the Car 1824 – 1827

Dante Running from the Three Beasts, William Blake

Dante Running from the Three Beasts 1824 – 1827

Laocoön, William Blake

Laocoön 1825 – 1827

Minos, William Blake

Minos 1824 – 1827

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William Blake: The Complete Illuminated Books, Recommended Reading

Blake was both an artist and a poet, and he often combined both forms into intensely illuminated texts where tiny figures dance with the words or painted flames engulf the page. This beautiful volume reproduces these visionary works in full color.

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