William Morris – the philosophy of an artist

William Morris is best known for his popular Victorian material prints that were widespread in England’s homes by the end of the 19th century. How did previously elitist culture manage to be accessed by the masses in such a classist society?

Morris, like Wedgewood and William Blake, had a deep belief that art and culture should be accessible and, most of all, affordable to people at all levels of society – it was important for people’s well-being – certainly true I would argue – particularly in an otherwise oppressive age of industrialisation and hard labour with few common rights.

With the advent of the industrial age nature seemed to be slipping further away – Morris’ designs were inspired by the pre-Raphaelite movement and brought depictions of nature back into people’s homes. Many people still have curtains and other furnishings that were designed by Morris over 150 years ago.

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