New edition of William Blake in the popular Masterpieces of Art series.
Rich and delicate, ethereal and muscular, the art of William Blake is as fascinating as the philosophies threading through his poetry and prophetic works. Presented here in this magnificent new collection, his vivid paintings and gently weaving illustrations are imprinted in the consciousness of Romantic art, but their impact on Gothic literature remains as strong and quixotic as the artist himself.
About the Author
Michael Kerrigan (author) has written on the history, mythology, arts and culture of many different countries, from India to Ireland and from Mongolia to Peru. His abridgements of The Journals of Lewis and Clark (2004) and Charles Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle: The Journals that Revealed Nature’s Grand Plan (2005) presented the explorers’ own journals, in their own words, for modern readers. More recently he has been author of Best-kept Secrets of Paris (2012), Undiscovered Wales (2015) and A Dark History of China (2019). A longstanding contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, he lives with his family in Edinburgh.
"Reading about artist, satirist and writer William Blake (1757-1827) and you certainly come away thinking he was a renaissance man. He was a contemporary of a lot of famous London writers but only he painted or etched as well, the latter being his formal training. Much of his art was in fantasy, hence my interest in Michael Kerrigan’s book, ‘William Blake’, part of Flame Tree’s ‘Masterpieces Of Art’ books. The first 27 pages outline his history and the 101 pages after devoted to his art in 4 sections ‘Gothic’, ‘Prophetic & Mythological’, ‘Biblical’ and ‘Visionary’ making it an ideal artbook." — sfcrowsnest