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Hopes and Fears for Art

By: William Morris
Published By: Double9 Books
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"Hopes and Fears for Art" by William Morris is a seminal work of art criticism and manifesto that encapsulates the essence of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Within the backdrop of the Victorian Era, Morris intertwines aesthetics with socialism, presenting a visionary perspective on the role of decorative arts and design in society. Through his eloquent prose, Morris advocates for a return to craftsmanship and the rejection of mass-produced goods spawned by the Industrial Revolution. Deeply influenced by the ideals of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and medievalism, Morris champions the importance of handcrafted beauty and the integration of art into everyday life. His Utopian vision extends beyond mere aesthetics, embracing a holistic approach that intertwines art with social and economic reform. Within "Hopes and Fears for Art," Morris articulates a fervent belief in the transformative power of art, calling upon decorative artisans to uphold their artistic vision and resist the encroachment of mechanization. With its blend of art criticism, social commentary, and artistic vision, Morris's manifesto continues to inspire generations to cherish and preserve the integrity of craftsmanship in the face of industrialization.

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William Morris

William Morris was a British socialist organizer, poet, artist, fantasy writer, and textile designer who lived from March 24, 1834, to October 3, 1896. He was a part of the British Arts and Crafts movement. He made a big difference in bringing back traditional British textile skills and ways of making things. His writings helped create the modern fantasy genre, and in Great Britain at the end of the 1800s, he helped get people to accept socialism. Morris came from a rich middle-class family and was born in Walthamstow, Essex. Middle Ages had a big impact on him while he was studying classics at Oxford University and was a part of the Birmingham Set. After college, he married Jane Burden and became friendly with the Pre-Raphaelite artists Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, as well as the Neo-Gothic architect Philip Webb. Morris stayed in Red House in Kent from 1859 to 1865 before moving to Bloomsbury in central London. The house was designed by Webb and Morris. Morris started the decorative arts company Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. with Burne-Jones, Rossetti, Webb, and others in 1861. It quickly became popular and in high demand. During the Victorian era, Morris designed textiles, wallpaper, fabrics, furniture, and stained glass windows, all of which had a big impact on interior design.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2024
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 118pages
  • ISBN-10: 9362766302
  • ISBN-13: 9789362766304
  • Item Weight: 153.4g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 6.92mm
  • Reading age: 10+
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Literary Criticism / General