Tuesday, January 14, 2014

William Blake

William Blake 1757-1827  Epitome of James Hervey's "Medidtions among the Tombs"  1820
ink, water color, gold paint on paper  17" x 11 1/2"

"A man not forestalled by predecessors, nor contemporaries, nor to be replaced by known or readily surmisable successors"  William Rossetti-- 19th century scholar

The above is a wonderful description of Blake and a sentiment that contemporary artists should be mindful of as well. Blake was a visionary image maker and a progressive thinker well ahead of his time. His small scale works have a monumentality that I have always admired.

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