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William Morris: Influences Of Naturalism In His Life And Works

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The main driving element in William Morris’s life has been the nature around him and the houses he lived in. The most prominent influence was the Kelmscott Manor. Therefore, I chose to go with Kelmscott Manor’s layout plan that exhibits the “inspirational garden “ that led to most of his design decisions, a map that depicts the pockets in the manor and how Morris was inspired by it. In addition to this, an original drawing of the Kelmscott Manor’s exterior that depicts how the manor amalgamated within the garden. To reinforce this, I picked a watercolor of the Kelmscott Manor and a photo that captivates the various perspectives of the garden in the manor. Moving on to his designs that interprets his love for nature I picked up the very first of his wallpaper design of the trellis that has a very naturalistic touch to it with the vines which seemed to be an extension of the “inspiration garden” on to the paper. Also chose one of the wallpapers he designed during the middle of his lifetime and one of his last designs as well. The underlying concept behind picking those was to outline the consistency in his design concept throughout his life. William Morris was a poet , whose poetry and compositions were also inspired by nature, and to depict his poetry in form of naturalism concept I picked a stance from one of his compositions that talks about forest, flora and fauna which directly ties to his underlying concept. Also the compositions he wrote always had engraved borders which was based on patterns of flora and fauna and so I chose to pick three specimen pages that depict naturalistic patterns.
"Men have so long delighted in forms and intricacies that do not necessarily imitate nature, but in which the hand of the craftsman is guided to work in the way that she does, till the web, the cup or the knife , look as natural , nay as lovely , as the green field, the river bank, or the mountain flint." by William Morris, The Lesser Arts of Life. This quote by Morris depicts the influence of nature had on his life , which in turn influenced his works hugely. Morris advocated the concept of naturalism to all the designers and reinforced the necessity of founding all of the designs on nature . One tends to analyze how the Kelmscott Manor’s influence made a difference on Morris’s productivity and about how the influence of nature could be of such an extent that this concept has been consistent all through his designs.
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