William Morris: Masterpieces of Art


“Following the loss of his wife to another, Morris became more absorbed in his work, and in 1868, began to translate Norse legends with a Cambridge scholar Eirikr Magnusson (1833-1913), which culminated in the publication of The Saga of Gunnlaag and The Grettis Saga in 1869.”

“This next work was an epic poem, The Life and Death of Jason (see 1895 Kelmscott edition, above), which despite its title actually gave centre stage to the female protagonist, Medea, who helped Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece.”

“Dresser, however, chose an alternative route to this ‘modern’ style by developing an Anglo-Japanese aesthetic.”

“Many of the ceilings, as well as the hall, stairs and landing [of the Red house], were decorated by Morris in abstract geometric patterns. Burne-Jones was commissioned to design stained-glass windows and to paint murals of medieval scenes of chivalrous deeds on the walls. Morris also designed and wove many of the textiles, such as tapestries and curtains and other soft furnishings. Webb too was kept busy designing furniture and fittings for the new house, much of it rustic and heavy in design so as to keep to a medieval aesthetic”

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