William Blake's Printed Paintings: Methods, Origins, Meanings

July 6, 2021|
William Blake's Printed Paintings: Methods, Origins, Meanings by Joseph Viscomi
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An in-depth examination of William Blake’s glorious and acclaimed series of twelve monoprints

Among William Blake’s (1757–1827) most widely recognized and highly regarded works as an artist are twelve color printed drawings, or monoprints, conceived and executed in 1795. This book investigates these masterworks, explaining Blake’s technique—one he essentially reinvented, unaware of 17th-century precursors—to show that these works were produced as paintings, and played a crucial role in Blake’s development as a painter. Using material and historical analyses, Joseph Viscomi argues that the monoprints were created as autonomous paintings rather than as illustrations for Blake’s books with an intended viewing order. Enlivened with bountiful illustrations, the text approaches the works within the context of their time, not divorced from ideas expressed in Blake’s writings but not illustrative of or determined by those writings.
Joseph Viscomi is James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of English Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Title:William Blake's Printed Paintings: Methods, Origins, Meanings
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:256 pages, 10.62 X 8.5 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:256 pages, 10.62 X 8.5 X 0.98 in
Published:July 6, 2021
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781913107208

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