Jung and William Blake

Experts have noted similarities between the way Jung integrated texts and illustrations in the Red Book and the work of British poet, painter, and print-maker William Blake (1757-1827).

Jung knew Blake’s works well and included two of them—one depicting a scene from Dante’s Inferno, the other Jacob’s Ladder—in his Psychology and Alchemy, 1944).

Jung wrote that he found “Blake a tantalizing study, since he compiled a lot of half or undigested knowledge in his fantasies.

According to my ideas they are an artistic production rather than an authentic representation of unconscious processes.” Blake illustrated this edition of Night Thoughts (1742-1745 ), a popular poem by Edward Young (1681-1765).

Image: Edward Young. The Complaint, and the Consolation; or, Night Thoughts. London: R Noble for R. Edwards, 1797
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