Blake, Delacroix and Daumier

William Blake of London was a poet, painter, and printmaker during the Romantic period. Mostly unrecognized during his time and considered insane by many contemporaries, Blake's body of work has only continued to become more relevant and is now considered mostly ahead of its time. This wordy rendition of a Biblical theme in which Job is confronted by God is a rather frightening image when closely inspected. The faces of Job and God, wrapped in a serpent, have seemingly identical expressions of sadness as Job painfully gazes upon the nightmare of Hell beneath. The surrounding written material seems to be a statement from Job to Satan in which Job claims that Satan persecutes Job as if he were God. This juxtaposition of image and text definitely gives the viewer an interesting insight to the artist's intentions with the piece.

Name: Job Affrighted by a Vision of His God | Date of Print: 1825 | Type of Print: Engraving | Artist: Willaim Blake | Nationality: English | Artist Life Span: 1757-1827

Eugene Delacroix was a French Romantic painter and printmaker known for his ability to bring great emotion to a work of art. This reputation led to his being recognized as the leader of the Romantic painting movement in France. His expressive use of line and dynamic compositions often give the viewer a sense of action. This print of young Clifford finding the body of his father on the battlefield of St. Albans shows this sense of drama.

Name: Le Jeune Clfford Tourvant Le Corps de Son Pere sur le Champs de Bataille de St. Albans | Date of Print: c. 1825 | Type of Print: Lithograph | Artist: Eugene Delacroix | Nationality: French | Artist Life Span: 1798-1863

Honore Daumier was a French printmaker, caricaturist, painter and sculptor during the 19th century. He was a very prolific artist and was known best for his caricatures of contemporary political persons. This dynamic image displays the three faces of the past, present, and future. The expression of each face speaks volumes about the artist's views of each facet of his experience.

Name: Past, Present, Future | Date of Print: c. 1860 | Type of Print: Lithograph from Caricature | Artist: Honore Daumier | Nationality: French | Artist Life Span: 1808-1879