Blake's Printed Paintings:
Methods, Origins, Meanings

Joseph Viscomi

Price
£40
Type
Print
Publicaton Date
May 2021
Standard Number
9781913107208
Distributor
Yale University Press
Specifications
256 pages, 270 x 216mm
Illustrations
180 color + b-w illus.

Among William Blake’s (1757–1827) most widely recognized and highly regarded works as an artist are twelve colour printed drawings, or monoprints, conceived and executed in 1795. This book investigates these masterworks, explaining Blake’s technique – one he essentially reinvented, unaware of seventeenth-century precursors – to show that these works were produced as paintings, and played a crucial role in Blake’s development as a painter. Using material and historical analyses, Joseph Viscomi argues that the monoprints were created as autonomous paintings rather than as illustrations for Blake’s books with an intended viewing order. Enlivened with bountiful illustrations, the text approaches the works within the context of their time, not divorced from ideas expressed in Blake’s writings but not illustrative of or determined by those writings.

About the author

  • Joseph Viscomi is James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of English Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.