A couple of watercolours give some insight into those around him, and pose a perplexing puzzle. He ended the 1850s with another masterpiece based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
He painted a series of narratives drawn from the Bible and other sources, and 32 watercolours of ‘Passions’ over this period.
To celebrate his bicentenary, here are some early works, including some of his ‘faerie paintings’ of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
The anger of Achilles almost brought the Greek war against Troy to a grinding halt. But is Homer’s account fair, or was there more to it?
Not a Greek myth, this tragic love story is the ultimate ancestor to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and other major works. Here are the best paintings.
Betrothed to Orestes, Hermione was forcibly removed and given to Pyrrhus. Later, Orestes murdered his mother. So why does Hermione appear in Harry Potter?
Blake did not exercise his genius and vision in isolation. Here are some paintings by those who influenced him most.
A wide-ranging selection of appealing and interesting watercolours, covering most of Blake’s career and themes.
A dozen major works, created as monoprints and then hand-painted to finish, show some of Blake’s most powerful and unique images.
He demonstrated that you can paint from your mind’s eye, however unusual your mind may be. A major influence of William Blake.