ROMANTIC PERIOD Late 1700‟s- Early 1800‟sA time for creative minds and expression of emotion.The Romantic period expressed: Individuality Deep love of nature Biblical (religious) ideasAmerican Revolution 1776French Revolution 1789
WILLIAM BLAKE Artistic views and powerful imagination Romantic author and artist Abolitionist During his early years, he‟s focused on his drawings. He began writing poems when he was an engraver. Critics labeled him „insane‟ and a „satanist
WILLIAM BLAKE TIMELINE Born in London, England November 28, 1757 At the age of 14 he got a job as an engraver‟s apprentice. His art style came from the Gothic Churches (Westminster Abbey) October 8, 1779 Blake became a student at the Royal Art Academy
WILLIAM BLAKE TIMELINE CONT. Marries Catherine Boucher August 18, 1782 He continued to engrave as a living. 1800 taught himself Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and Italian.
WILLIAM BLAKE TIMELINE CONT. In1818, Blake became more recognized when he met John Linnell. Was accepted into a group “Shoreham Ancients”.
WILLIAM BLAKE‟S TIMELINE CONT. 1825, He was commissioned to illustrate Dante’s Divine Comedy He finished 7 of the engravings He died August 12, 1827
INFLUENCED Some of Blake‟s works were said to be early children‟s literature He created relief-sketching His art style inspired a lot of graphic novels and comic books (Alan Moore)
IMPORTANT WORKS “Poetical Sketches” 1769-1777 “Songs of Innocence” 1789 “Songs of Experience” 1794
“A POISON TREE” I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow. And I waterd it in fears Night & morning with my tears; And I sunned it with smiles, And with soft deceitful wiles. And it grew both day and night, Till it bore an apple bright. And my foe beheld it shine, And he knew that it was mine, And into my garden stole When the night had veiled the pole; In the morning glad I see My foe outstretchd beneath the tree. William Blake