Artist: William Blake
Title: Jacob's Ladder
Location: British Museum, London, UK
Size: 31 x 40 cms / 12.2 x 15.7 inches
Photo Credit: bridgemanart.com
Medium: Pen And Watercolour On Paper
Art Style: Romantic
In order to understand the meaning behind any artworks one first has to explore all the circumstances that may be relevant. Blake lived and created in “an epoch of typographic genius”. It was only natural for him or any other artist to be influenced by the powers of new invention. In some cases Blake’s choice of materials and subject matter can be explained through surrounding him world of great technological and philosophical changes. He strongly sensed and depicted the spiritual atmosphere of the time he lived in, learning from dead as well as living artists.
Even though from all the evidence I lean toward considering Blake as a fine artist, I wonder if one can simply respect and appreciate his work without trying to put certain labels. Especially since Blake himself used holistic approach in his works. I feel that two given definitions are too narrow to enclose Blake’s personality and the artistic heritage. The true genius of William Blake is in his unique symbiosis of different skills like, for example, painting and poetry. Similar question may be asked about daVinci as an artist and a scientist, I would say that both men were geniuses.