William Morris

William Morris Considered one of the most prominent actors of the Victorian era William Morris was a poet artist designer and editor and did not hesitate to express his socialist political views whic

  • Title: William Morris
  • Author: Arthur Clutton-Brock
  • ISBN: 9781859956335
  • Page: 265
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Considered one of the most prominent actors of the Victorian era, William Morris 1843 1896 was a poet, artist, designer, and editor, and did not hesitate to express his socialist political views, which at the time were frowned upon by the estalishment.His encounters with Rossetti and Burne Jones, as well as his religious studies, made him a man of manifold talents FromConsidered one of the most prominent actors of the Victorian era, William Morris 1843 1896 was a poet, artist, designer, and editor, and did not hesitate to express his socialist political views, which at the time were frowned upon by the estalishment.His encounters with Rossetti and Burne Jones, as well as his religious studies, made him a man of manifold talents From this mixture of genres, William Morris would go on to construct a remarkable career, applying his ideas through various enterprises he established under the name of the William Morris Companies, revolutionizing both interior decorating and architecture He quickly understood the advantage of industrial production techniques, which he used to design his creations Together with John Ruskin, he also became a co founder of the Arts and Crafts movement Despite his admiration for Ruskin, he did not hesitate to publish his own poems in 1858 in his publishing house, Kelmscott Press.His fascination with the pre Raphaelite painters lead him to push aside the canons of English art, and, under the influence of Ruskin, to launch the rediscovery of the medieval style of decoration.While drawing tapestries, carpets, glasswork, and other fine elements of interior decor, he became a fervent defender of socialism and participated actively in the Socialist Democratic Federation, which later became known as the Socialist League.William Morris transformed his dreams and ideals into the deeds that still inspire our admiration today.Through a series of illustrations, this work examines the scope of Morriss talent, which continues to have a major influence on our daily lives today.

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    1. I bought this book for 50p from the Bishopsgate book sale. I have a much longer biography of William Morris that I still haven't read as it is very large. But this was much shorter and so I thought it'd be a better place to start. While it went chronologically through his life it was more about his aims and ideals than anything else. The author definitely didn't appreciate William Morris for the same reasons I do which made some of the parts less interesting to me but I was really taken by this [...]

    2. Biographies written close to the period of their subject are, to me, always more interesting than those written a generation or more later; because societies change over time. Mr Arthur Clutton-Brock wrote for the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) on many of the same subjects that William Morris devoted his life to. Unlike many journalists today, he presents an analysis of his material; for example a comparison of Morris' poems “The Lovers of Gudrun” and “Sigurd” to demonstrate why he beli [...]

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