William Blake at Tate Britain

London | 11 September 2019–2 February 2020

Tim Marlow, artistic director for London's Royal Academy of Arts, chooses the best exhibitions to see this month, presented by Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

I n London, Tate Britain is presenting the largest UK survey for a generation devoted to English painter, printmaker and poet, William Blake – one of the most influential figures in all of British Art.

William Blake, Newton, 1795–circa 1805.

Blake was somewhat under recognised as a visual artist in his own lifetime. In tribute, this exhibition will attempt to present the artworks as he had intended them to be experienced: two works originally planned as large frescos will be enlarged and digitally projected onto the gallery wall, whilst their small-scale originals will hang nearby in a re-construction of his 1809 exhibition, allowing twenty-first-century audiences to view the work as it was seen at the time.

William Blake, Pity, circa 1795.

Visitors will encounter more than 300 extraordinary pieces, including many of his illuminated books, including the famed Songs of Innocence and Experience 1794, and some of his best-known paintings, such as Newton and The Ghost of a Flea.

William Blake, Capaneus the Blasphemer, 1824–27.

Expect to be transported into Blake’s visionary world and realise the full and enduring impact of his output on the arts.

William Blake will open at Tate Britain on 11 September and run until 2 February 2020.

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