William Blake

William Blake

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"[...]easy to see why he was inaccessible to the influence of such artists as Rubens and Le Brun. At the Academy Schools he had the opportunity of drawing from the living model, and profited by it to a certain limited extent. But he always had an aversion to it, declaring that to his whimsical nature it "smelt of mortality." However he might and did justify his negligence of this important branch of technique, his art was necessarily weakened by it. Technique is the language of art, and is only to be obtained by frequent and laboriously faithful reference to nature. It is true that Blake's strong power of generalizing, along with his marvellous gift of recalling at desire things discriminated by him, made the achievement of technique through methods of life study a less urgent necessity to him than to other men who had no such retentive artistic memories. Essential[...]."show more

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  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 8.13mm | 267.62g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 150753812X
  • 9781507538128