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William Blake’s 10 Best Artworks & Famous Paintings

 William Blake is renowned as one of the most prominent English poets in history. However, most of us are unaware that he was a visionary artist as well. In fact, Blake had even published his own books with his hand-colored illustrations. Apart from his poetry, his visual artistry, too, continues to inspire many even today.

Born in 1857 in London into a hosiery maker's family, Blake started showing signs of creative talent early on in life. At the age of ten, Blake was enrolled in Pars’s drawing school in London and four years later he became the apprentice of a master engraver. In time, however, Blake found his love for watercolor painting and went on to master a technique that was named “fresco”. It was essentially a type of monotype printing where Blake would first paint on a flat surface and then apply it to paper. The artist would then complete each one of them separately on ink which would make each image distinct.

Blake was a deeply religious man and his art is greatly influenced by the religious and mythical stories he read growing up. Those themes are clearly reflected in the majority of his paintings, too. From the baptism of Jesus Christ to the creation of Adam, Blake relished making paintings inspired by Biblical topics and mythological motifs.

Here, we have presented some of the most influential and famous paintings and artworks of William Blake. Take a look.

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1. "Christ in the Sepulchre, Guarded by Angels" (circa 1805)

William Blake Paintings,  Christ
Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

2. "The Ancient of Days" (1794)

William Blake Paintings,  mythology
Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

3. "Elohim Creating Adam" (1795)

William Blake Paintings,  adam
Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

4. "Isaac Newton" (1795)

William Blake Paintings,  Isaac Newton
Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

5. "The Ghost of a Flea" (1819-1820)

William Blake Paintings,  Ghost
Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

6. "The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun" (between 1805 and 1810)

William Blake Paintings,  Red Dragon
Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

7. "Jacob's Dream Ladder" (1805)

William Blake Paintings,
Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

8. "The Good and Evil Angels" (1805)

William Blake, angels
Image Source: Flickr

9. "Baptism of Christ" (1799)

William Blake Paintings,  Baptism of Christ
Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

10. "God Judging Adam" (circa 1795)

William Blake Paintings,  god, adam
Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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