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S: Willaim Morris Shelby LeQuire

BC: Created by Shelby LeQuire Visual Arts 1 - spring semester

FC: William Morris | http://www.marxists.org/archive/morris/works/index.htm | http://www.victorianweb.org/victorian/art/design/textiles/2.html

1: I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few. If you cannot learn to love real art at least learn to hate sham art. The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed; art has remembered the people, because they created. - William Morris | http://www.probertencyclopaedia.com/CX_WILLIAM_MORRIS.HTM

2: Born in the March of 1834, Morris was an English textile designer, artist, writer and socialist. | He wrote and published poetry and fiction. | He very much enjoyed textile art. | He died at age 62, but his designs will be forever remembered

3: http://www.boboartspace.com/famous-artists/william-morris | Odd Morris Facts: * spoiled as a child * married a model at age 25 * had an affair with a man * considered a pioneer of the arts and crafts movement * best known for his wall coverings, carpets, stained glass and tapestries * formed a company still in business today

4: Alive from 1834 to 1896,Morris has became a household name. He entered Marlborough College at the age of14, and left 3 years later to study at home. In 1853 he entered college at Oxford where he met Edward Burne-Jones, a great Pre-Raphaelite artist. They became close friends. In 1859 Morris married Jane Burden. 2 years later he established "Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Company", later simply titled "Morris & Co". They sold fabrics and wallpaper designs to the public. Morris & Co. is still in business today, selling up to date recreations of Morris' designs as well as original versions.

5: William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones | http://www.william-morris.co.uk/history1.aspx?P=1

6: The Red House | http://www.theearthlyparadise.com/2008/01/william-morris-and-design-of-red-house.html | The most interesting piece of architecture left behind by William Morris

7: http://www.arch.mcgill.ca/prof/sijpkes/arch528/fall2001/lecture11/a03.jpg | Built in 1859 by Morris' buddy Phillip Webb, this house shows off the talents of Morris and his artist friends. Located in Bexleyheath, Kent, the "Red House" is a work of art all the way through. Morris lived in it for 5 years, and contributions to it were mostly made by him. The house featured his ceiling paintings, wall hangings, stained and painted glass, as well as hand painted furniture. His artist friends Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones also contributed as well as Morris' wife Jane who helped with the wall hangings.

8: A Man of Many Talents | William Morris was a well-rounded artist who also painted, and wrote poetry. | William Morris. La Belle Iseult. 1858. 718 x 502 mm. Tate Gallary. http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ViewWork?workid=10322 | The La Belle Iseult, sometimes called "Queen Guinevere", is Morris' only painting still surviving today. It was made with oils, and is our tangible proof of what a well rounded artist Morris truly was.

9: Day by William Morris I am Day; I bring again Life and glory, Love and pain: Awake, arise! from death to death Through me the World's tale quickeneth. | Autumn by William Morris Laden Autumn here I stand Worn of heart, and weak of hand: Nought but rest seems good to me, Speak the word that sets me free. | Flora by William Morris am the handmaid of the earth, I broider fair her glorious gown, And deck her on her days of mirth With many a garland of renown. And while Earth's little ones are fain And play about the Mother's hem, I scatter every gift I gain From sun and wind to gladden them. | Poetry

10: Acanthus | William Morris (English, 1834-1896). Original Design for "Acanthus" Pattern, 1879-81. 81.2 x 68.8 cm. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England. http://arthistory.about.com/od/from_exhibitions/ig/pre-raphaelites_stockholm/prb_nms_0409_14.htm | Acanthus is one of Morris' most popular designs. The original shown above is kept in an art gallery in Birmingham, England. Other re-creations have been made of this design. (shown on the next page).

11: http://www.myartprints.co.uk/a/morris-william/acanthuswallpaperdesign18.html http://dahliamohd.blogspot.com/2010/02/william-morris-and-arts-and-crafts.html

12: Strawberry Thief | William Morris. Strawberry Thief. 1883. V&A Museum. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strawberry_Thief_(William_Morris) | The Strawberry Thief design by Morris is quite special because he didn't complete it alone. Phillip Webb, who was the architect behind Morris' Red House, helped him draw the birds in this design, since Morris did not feel that he could draw them properly.

13: Snakeshead | Morris had a fascination with Indian textiles, which were popular in the 1800s. The Snakeshead design shows a dominance of blue and red, which were typical colors used in Indian textiles. This is one of Morris' most complicated designs. | William Morris. Snakes Head. 1876-77. 56 x 98 cm. Craft London Gallery. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_a1H7iZJ3LNc/TH52KzcgW_I/AAAAAAAAGAo/ln8zDEoUjE0/s400/william+morris-morris&co-1876-snakeshead+4.jpg

14: The Life and Death of William Morris

15: During Morris' lifetime he became quite rich. He made himself known as an artist, designer, author and a poet. He died a quiet death of natural causes in 1896. To this day Morris is still remembered as one of the greatest artists of his time.

16: The Modern | Morris designs are now used in modern furniture, ranging from chairs, pillows, bedspreads, wallpapers and many more.

17: William Morris | http://www.william-morris.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/margaret-pauls-vine-wp.jpg | http://www.fitzdecarts.com/images/New%20textiles/New%20pillows/Acanthus%20pillow%20450.JPG www.wheathills.com/images/lightbox/Morris-Fabric-Reupholstered-Chair4_zoom.jpg ://www.llph.co.uk/Flemishbedspreads/william-morris.jpg

18: Works Cited

19: Cody, David. William Morris: A Brief Biography. Victorian Web. N.D. The Victorian Web. Web. 26 May 2011. Esaak, Shelley. The Pre-Raphaelites. About. 24 May 2009. About.com. Web. 24 May 2011. House, John. The Work of William Morris. Worldcollectorsnet. N.D. World Collectors Net. web. 24 May 2011. William Morris. Wikipedia. 30 May 2011. Creative Commons Attribution-sharealike License. Web. 26 May 2011. William Morris's Life. MorrisSociety. 12 January 2010. The William Morris Society. Web. 23 May 2011.

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