Professor Zirwat Chowdhury offers perspective on William Blake’s exhibition at the Getty Center

William Blake is having a moment in Los Angeles.

A highly regarded exhibition at the Getty Center — a Los Angeles Times critic called it “unexpected and timely” — showcases more than 100 of his paintings, prints and poems, from all stages of his career. So why is it that a British artist who died nearly two centuries ago remains so vital today? 

According to UCLA Art History professor Zirwat Chowdhury, Blake engages deeply with the themes of war and science. His work is grounded in the context of upheaval — first, the French Revolution, and later, the Napoleonic Wars.

For a full interview about Blake’s work with Professor Chowdhurry, visit the UCLA College of Humanities’ article here.