William Blake

$24.99

This book is not yet published, but will be available from August 2019.

ISBN: 9780500204573 Category:

Kathleen Raine

Description

Prophet, poet, painter, engraver – William Blake (1757–1827) was an artist of uniquely powerful imagination and far-reaching creative gifts. His work expresses the spiritual drama of the English national being, integrating poetry and visual art in a sustained work of visionary creativity unparalleled in English art history.

Revealing Blake to be far more than a revolutionary social radical, this classic study reshapes our understanding of the artist’s achievement. Kathleen Raine details the enriching effect of mystical, alchemical and gnostic philosophy on Blake’s art. She unravels the complex, deeply felt symbolism expressed in his paintings and prints, and describes the powerful impact of his reading of Dante, Milton and the Bible.

Raine’s compelling and accessible text guides the reader through the life and thought of this extraordinary artist. Fully alive to the uniqueness of Blake’s art – which has ‘a reality, a coherence, a climate’ all its own – she introduces famous work such as Jerusalem, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, The Four Zoas and The Book of Job, relating them to Blake’s world view and explaining their prophetic qualities, their fierce energy, and their central place in British Romantic art.

Additional information

Weight 480 g
Dimensions 15.3 x 21 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 22 August 2019
Number of pages 224
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Preface by Colin Trodd
Dimensions 15.3 x 21 cm
Weight 480 g