mercredi 28 mai 2014

Paintings Of William Blake

By Darren Hartley

Ranking among the most original of Romantic visual arts are William Blake paintings. It was at the drawing academy of Henry Pars that William studied art as a boy. James Basire then hired him as a commercial engraver's apprentice for five years. At the age of 22, William entered the Royal Academy School to further develop his engraving skills.

Nature Revolves, but Man Advances was one of the earliest William Blake paintings. It was a resultant from his private studying of medieval and Renaissance art. Raphael, Michaelangelo and Durer were among his idols. He was on the trail of producing timeless, Gothic art, representative of Christian spirituality, done with poetic ingenuity.

The 1790s saw William take on his most ambitious work as a visual artist in a series of 12 large color prints. These William Blake paintings of iconic designs were distinguished by their massive size. Many of the print subjects function in pairs and drawn from the Bible, Shakespeare, Milton and Newton.

The description given to the technique used in William Blake paintings was fresco. It is in monotype form. It used a combination of oil and tempera paints with paints. Flat surfaces, such as copperplates and millboards, were where the designs were painted on. The rareness and uniqueness of the impressions were a consummation from finishing the designs in ink and watercolours.

Because William believed that the Bible comprised the basis the basis of true art, he concentrated on making a series of Bible illustrations from 1799 to 1809. These William Blake paintings consisted of about 50 tempura paintings and more than 80 watercolor paintings.

The trajectory that William Blake paintings took as far as development is concerned is towards the inner self. He concentrated on the journeys that the mind appears to take through its imagination. Physically, William never travelled outside of Britain except for a brief period on the southern coast of England.

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