William Morris: Artist, Craftsman, Pioneer
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William Morris: Artist, Craftsman, Pioneer

by Rosalind Ormiston, N.M. Wells
     
 

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William Morris possessed a multi-faceted genius that allowed him not only to master every craft to which he turned his hand, but also to write critically acclaimed essays and poetry, translate ancient texts, and help establish the Socialist movement.

The first section of William Morris: Artist, Craftsman, Pioneer tells the story of an extraordinary

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William Morris possessed a multi-faceted genius that allowed him not only to master every craft to which he turned his hand, but also to write critically acclaimed essays and poetry, translate ancient texts, and help establish the Socialist movement.

The first section of William Morris: Artist, Craftsman, Pioneer tells the story of an extraordinary life, looking at his early years and preoccupations, his time in Oxford and his unorthodox marriage, right up to his eventual death at Kelmscott Manor. It reveals Morris’s fascinating from architectural student and poet into artist, designer, and Socialist pioneer. It also discusses his involvement with John Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites and assesses his legacy for future generations of artists and designers of the Arts & Crafts Movement.

The second section focuses on Morris the designer, the side of his career for which he is perhaps best known. It explores his designs, beginning with those for Daisy and Trellis wallpaper in 1864 to his The Holy Grail tapestries from 1890-94, and takes an in-depth look at his changing artistic styles. Attention is also given to the pieces created by Morris’s firm: Morris, Marshall, Faulker & Co. (Later Morris & Co.), with their emphasis on fine craftsmanship and traditional production methods.

He was a rare force for cultural change and his desire to create a society in which art was intrinsic to everyday life was brought about by positive action and example. His wholesale rejection of constraining, hypocritical Victorian values and the subsequent creation of functional and beautiful textiles, books, tapestries, furniture, and stained glass has secured his place as one of the most original craftsmen and thinkers of all time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435127005
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
08/30/2010
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
11.62(w) x 11.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Rosalind Ormiston is a researcher, lecturer, and author with a wide range of interests in art, architecture, and design history. Since 2002, she has been a lecturer in art and architectural history at Kingston University, London. Her recent publications include: Color Source Book, Alphonse Mucha: Masterworks, Art Deco: The Golden Age of Graphic Art and Illustration, Michelangelo: His Life and Works in 500 Images, and Leonardo da Vinci: His Life and Works in 500 Images.

 

Nicholas Michael Wells has written on William Blake, Ancient and Medieval Art, and a number of other fine and decorative art subjects. He has also written a Collins Gem on Time and a number of practical music books under the pseudonym Jake Jackson. Having obtained his degree in English Literature at the University of Kent in Canterbury, he now lives in London with his partner and children. He runs his own creative business and is an occasional painter, designer, poet, and musician.

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