Where land, sea, and sky meet. Sought-after and hugely popular in fine weather, the forces of nature are most obvious in storms. The cradle of Impressionism and more modern painting.
He recovered some of his youthful vision in the 1860s, when he painted rich rustic views lit by the setting sun.
He started topographic paintings when he returned to London, and during his extended working honeymoon in Italy.
Largely self-taught, he was a precocious painter whose major works started when he was only 20. This covers his early work and time in Shoreham, to 1835.
Financial success in 1846 finally allowed him to concentrate on landscape painting – and to paint many sunsets and harvest scenes.
Almost forgotten now, apart from the help that he gave William Blake, he was the most prominent British landscape painter after Turner’s death.
Tracing Blake’s influence through his friends John Linnell and Samuel Palmer to the likes of Graham Sutherland and Eric Ravilious.
Blake did not exercise his genius and vision in isolation. Here are some paintings by those who influenced him most.
The ‘divine whirlwind’ seems distinctive of Blake. This traces its origin, and his development of this visionary image.
A life spent largely in poverty, working intensely, and creating some of the most innovative and visionary paintings of any artist before or since.