Peacock and VineA. S. Byatt
Acclaimed writer A.S. Byatt traces their genius right to the source. But it was Kelmscott Manor in the English countryside that he loved best - even when it became the setting for his wife's love affair with Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Generously illustrated with the artists' beautiful designs - pomegranates and acanthus, peacock and vine - A.S. Byatt brings the visions and ideas of Fortuny and Morris dazzlingly to life. The Palazzo Pesaro Orfei in Venice is a warren of dark spaces leading to a workshop where Fortuny created his designs for pleated silks and shining velvets. Here he worked alongside the French model who became his wife and collaborator, including on the 'Delphos' dress - a flowing gown evoking classical Greece. Morris' Red House, outside London, with its Gothic turrets and secret gardens, helped inspire his stunning floral and geometric patterns; it also represented a coming together of life and art.
Byatt's latest offering is a slender but deliciously rich meditation on two artists who blurred the boundary between art and craft.
Author: Byatt, A. S.
Publication date: 16/07/2016
Dimension: 178mm X 148mm