Paris, Petit Palais After his death 182 years ago, the work of the great British Romantic artist William Blake receives its first large retrospective in France. Nearly 130 works loaned by British museums highlight the visionary creator’s insistent output that transformed Blake’s passionate poetry into powerful and highly inspirational engravings.

During his lifetime, Blake’s heavy religious devotion manifested itself through his fantastical paintings, prints, and florid poetry that even became part of church services, yet distracted from his unique artistic viewpoint. It was one that, while forming part of a general Romantic movement in 19th century Europe, went on to influence the Pre-Raphaelites and, in turn, the Surrealists of the 20th century. His work proves to have had a greater impact on modern movements than his more celebrated contemporaries Reynolds and Turner.

April 2 through June 28, 2009
Avenue Winston Churchill 75008 Paris T. +33 (0)1 53 43 40 00