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Hopes & Fears for Art: Five Lectures by William Morris is an essential read for anyone interested in the works of the great British arts and crafts reformer and designer, William Morris. First published in 1882, this collection contains five lectures Morris delivered during his lifetime. These lectures, which Morris wrote as part of his mission to promote the arts, provide an insightful look into the thoughts and philosophies of the influential figure. Morris’ lectures are written in an intelligent and passionate style that reflects his strong commitment to art and design. He articulates his views on the importance of preserving craftsmanship, the role of the artist in society, and the need for an art that is both beautiful and meaningful. Morris also examines the effects of industrialization and technology on the art world and suggests ways to improve the quality of art produced. The lectures in this volume provide an important insight into Morris’ ideas and views on art, design, and the role of the artist in society. Hopes & Fears for Art: Five Lectures by William Morris is an essential read for anyone interested in the life and works of William Morris or the history of art and design. It provides a unique perspective on the importance of art and craftsmanship and is a valuable resource for scholars, students, and art enthusiasts alike.

Included in this collection are the following lectures/essays by William Morris:

The Lesser Arts (1877)
The Art of the People (1879)
The Beauty of Life (1880)
Making the Best of It (1880)
The Prospects of Architecture in Civilization (1880)

William Morris was an iconic English artist, designer, and writer from the 19th century. His works, which included furniture, wallpaper, fabric, stained glass, and tapestries, had a major influence on the Arts and Crafts movement. He was known for rejecting the industrialization of design and creating handmade works of art. Morris was born in 1834 in Walthamstow, England. He studied classics at Oxford University, but he developed a passion for art and design while there. After graduating in 1856, he pursued a career in interior design and furniture making. In 1861, he established a company called Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. in London, which sold handmade furniture and decorative arts. He was a prolific writer, producing essays, fiction, and poetry. His works often explored themes of socialism and the importance of craftsmanship. He was a strong advocate for the revival of traditional arts and crafts, and he wrote extensively about the need to reject industrialization and mass production in favor of handmade works of art. In addition to his work with Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co., Morris also founded Kelmscott Press in 1891. This press was dedicated to producing high-quality books and pamphlets with beautiful illustrations. His works had a major influence on the Arts and Crafts movement. William Morris passed away in 1896 at the age of 62. His legacy lives on through his works and his influence on the Arts and Crafts movement. He is remembered as an inspiring artist and designer who dedicated his life to creating handmade works of art.

ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BQ9N73M6
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (December 17, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 136 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8370170621
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8.2 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.34 x 8.5 inches


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