Perfect weekend read - William Morris by Jake Jackson as N M Wells, Rosalind Ormiston
First of all, it is a beautifully published book - even by high standards of Morris himself. Large scale and perfectly reproduced patterns open a window into the endless garden of Arts & Crafts in great detail, which is very helpful for professionals interested in the subject (the quality is beyond anything one can find online).
Secondly, though it would be more than enough to be impressed by the quality of prints, short bio of William Morris, basic points of his philosophy behind the art, and descriptions of the print process, are really helpful.
Of course, this is not a detailed biography or a deep analytic writing on his life and art, but it gives a perfect glance into the place, era, the natural conflict between industrialised mass production and high quality crafts in political-philosophical environment of the time, and most importantly - Morris' inspirations, worldview, and motivation behind those magnificent patterns, the apogee of the genre.
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