William Blake Exhibition

National Museum Of Western Art, Tokyo

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William Blake (1757–1827), renowned as a major modern British poet and painter, also created a large number of copperplate prints. Inspired by unique forces, Blake's prints construct a magical, symbolic universe that stands as a precursor to the British Romantic movement. These prints continue to fascinate viewers even today.

During Blake's lifetime, the principal role of British printmakers was simply the creation of faithful reproductions of paintings. Blake was a rarity in that he shunned this path and created works based on his own creative impulses. Fusing poetry with visual images, emphasizing linear expression, Blake sought to express his own unique artistic concepts. Unfortunately these were not always to the taste of his contemporaries and he was largely unvalued during his lifetime.

This display focuses on prints by Blake, including his illustrations for the Book of Job from the Old Testament and Dante's Divine Comedy, from the NMWA collection. These works by Blake are complemented by a display of examples by the Renaissance printmakers he admired, such as Albrecht Dürer and Marcantonio Raimondi. We hope that visitors will enjoy this introduction to Blake's print arts realm.



From 2011-10-22 To 2012-01-29
Exhibition Hours: 9:30-17:30


William Blake



haniwabe: (2011-12-17)


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