Artist

William Blake

Year
London 1757 - 1827
Price range
0 – 3,000,000 USD +
William Blake was one of the most important British artists of the Romantic period. He was a printmaker, watercolorist and poet who combined these media to express his mystical vision of the universe.

Blake embodied the Romantic ideal of independence by self-publishing his work and advocating the expression of individual perception, while rejecting the neo-classical canon of the Royal Academy. His highly idiosyncratic style is indebted to his admiration for the religious subject-pictures of Raphael (1483–1520), Michelangelo (1475–1564) and Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528). Of Blake’s contemporaries, he may be compared to the slightly older Swiss-born Henry Fuseli (1741–1825), whose melodramatic compositions dealing in the world of the literary imagination foreshadowed those of Blake. During his lifetime he had a modest yet zealous following, however his reputation has grown enormously since his death, influencing many writers and artists.

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Top 3 auction prices

1,024,000 $
2006
1,584,000 $
2006
3,928,000 $
2004
Books on William Blake

Martin Myrone and Amy Concannon (eds.), William Blake, exh. cat. London, 2019.

Martin Myrone and Christopher Frayling, The Gothic Reader: A Critical Anthology, London and New York, 2006.

Martin Myrone, ed., Gothic Nightmares: Fuseli, Blake and the Romantic Imagination, exh. cat. London, 2006.

Robin Hamlyn and Michael Phillips, eds., William Blake, exh. cat. New York, 2001.

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