The Tate’s upcoming show presents Blake’s work as a response to the turbulent times in which they were created. During the late 1780s, revolution raged in France; poverty ravaged London; and social inequality presided over most of Europe. A devout man, Blake was troubled by such conflict and misery. His paintings show figures that struggle and suffer, resisting vice or begging for relief. They’re unsettling, but the persistent undercurrent of hope in Blake’s works make viewing them transcendent, rather than disheartening.
Bringing together more than 300 of Blake’s startlingly diverse works — including watercolours, prints of his poems and well-known images — this exhibition is ambitious, like its subject. Blake was both of and before his time, and this exhibition will foreground his technical innovations as well as his place in Britain’s artistic tradition. In an atmospheric space, Tate Britain aims to ‘allow visitors to come as close as possible to seeing his works as he wished them to be seen’.
|What||William Blake: The Artist, Tate Britain|
|Where||Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Pimlico (underground)|
11 Sep 19 – 02 Feb 20, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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