WILLIAM BLAKE, ILLUMINATED PAINTINGS AT CAIXA FORUM MADRID
This raining autumn throws its doors open to art lovers. Particularly if you are a British art lover living in or visiting Madrid (Spain), do not miss this unique opportunity to get a first-hand insight into one of the most interesting English visual artist from the XVIII-XIX century: William Blake.
William Blake (London 1757 – London 1827), one of the pioneers and leaders of the Romanticism, was not only a painter but also a great poet, one of the best in English, an illustrator and engraver. As a painter, from a very young age he found himself drawn by the Gothic style, a constant throughout his oeuvre as well as Symbolism.
His contemporaries thought of him being a visionary, he said that he had visions from his childhood, drawn by mysticism, an illuminated. His paintings were influenced by Christian spirituality, the Celtic culture and artists such as Michelangelo, Dürer or Raphael and show ethereal creatures and unique landscapes quite unlike from those drawn by artists of his time.
William Blake is also recognized as the inventor of a new engraving technique, “relief etching” or “illuminated painting”, which he used for most of his paintings, prints made from copper plates then etched in this new method and colored with watercolors.
Last few days to visit this exhibition which features over 80 paintings coming from the Tate Britain and will be opened until next Sunday 21 October at Caixa Forum Madrid.
More Information: Caixa Forum Madrid.