Compassion by William Blake

Compassion by William Blake

William Blake is a poet, philosopher, artist, a very unconventional person in the history of the arts. From an early age he sees angels and cherubs, as he writes about in his diaries. On a number with light creatures, he sees and infernal beings. Visions accompany him all his life and influence his work, rather gloomy, mysterious and symbolic.

The picture illustrates an excerpt from the play “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare, where the hero reflects on Duncan’s death: “And compassion, like a naked baby, Windblown, or cherub On a stallion invisible and airy Smells terrible news to everyone

in the eyes And a storm of tears come down to the ground” . The picture is painted in rather gloomy colors; the background is very dark, almost black. The dark-haired woman lies on the ground, covered with a blue cloth before her breast, her hands are locked in a lock, her fingers are intertwined.

The woman’s face has a grimace of suffering. Over it against the background of a dark sky with black and blue storm clouds fly two women sitting on their horses. one with arms outstretched, the view from the back. Another woman with dark hair developing in the wind turns her face towards us. She holds a naked baby who looks no more like a child, but a smaller adult with arms stretched out to her.

The most part of the picture is dark blue, in contrast there are figures of white horses with horsemen and a woman lying on the ground.

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