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William Blake

Author: Robin Hamlyn; Michael Phillips; William Blake; Tate Britain (Gallery); Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : H.N. Abrams, ©2001.
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"William Blake is one of the most influential, but also one of the most perplexing, of all British artists. Probably best known for his verses of the hymn "Jerusalem" and his poem "The Tyger," he produced an enormously varied range of visual work - including prints, illuminated books, drawings, and paintings - appealing to a more diverse audience than perhaps any other artist." "This illustrated volume, published to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
Expositions
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hamlyn, Robin.
William Blake.
New York, N.Y. : H.N. Abrams, ©2000
(OCoLC)603935897
Named Person: William Blake; William Blake; William Blake
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Hamlyn; Michael Phillips; William Blake; Tate Britain (Gallery); Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN: 0810957108 9780810957107
OCLC Number: 47838838
Notes: "Published by order of the Tate Trustees 2000 on the occasion of the exhibition at Tate Britain, London, 9 November 2000-11 February 2001, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 27 March-24 June 2001"--Title page verso.
Description: 304 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Responsibility: Robin Hamlyn and Michael Phillips ; introductory essays by Peter Ackroyd and Marilyn Butler.

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"William Blake is one of the most influential, but also one of the most perplexing, of all British artists. Probably best known for his verses of the hymn "Jerusalem" and his poem "The Tyger," he produced an enormously varied range of visual work - including prints, illuminated books, drawings, and paintings - appealing to a more diverse audience than perhaps any other artist." "This illustrated volume, published to accompany the largest Blake exhibition ever mounted, closely examines Blake's vision, personal mythology, political views, and highly idiosyncratic painting techniques. An analysis of Blake's life-long interest in the Gothic, both as a source of his own distinctive style and as an ideal of spiritual and artistic integrity, leads into a study of his life during the 1790s, when his radical political interests and innovative printmaking techniques came together to form a totally new visionary art. This is followed by an investigation into the sources from which he developed his ideas, language, and images - including an explanation of the key characters that populated his imaginative universe. Finally, the culmination of Blake's highly original vision, his major illuminated books, including Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, Europe, and Jerusalem, are unveiled. Throughout, a wealth of reproductions bring Blake's vision to life." "In two opening essays, Peter Ackroyd, author of the definitive biography of the artist, introduces Blake the man, exploring the apparent contradictions of his complex personality, and Marilyn Butler, an expert on the poetry of the era, casts new light on Blake in the context of the social, cultural, and literary environment of his time."--Jacket.

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