William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones

William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones Interlacings

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The friendship between William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones began when they met as undergraduates in 1853 and-despite their differences in temperament and in attitudes to political engagement-lasted until Morris's death in 1896. This friendship was one of the defining features of both their lives, and yet the overlap in their artistic projects has not previously been considered in detail. In this deeply thoughtful book, Caroline Arscott explores particular aspects of the paintings of Burne-Jones and the designs of Morris and concludes that there are close interconnections in theme, allusion, and formal strategy between the works of the two men. She suggests that themes of bodily pain, desire and appetite are central to their vision.  Through careful readings of Burne-Jones's painting and Morris's designs for printed wallpapers and textiles, she shows that it is possible to bring together fine art and design in a linked discussion that illuminates the projects of both artists.

Book information

ISBN: 9780300140934
Publisher: Yale University Press
Imprint: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Pub date:
DEWEY: 709.4209034
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 259
Weight: 1420g
Height: 240mm
Width: 288mm
Spine width: 19mm