Here we go again with our second EDM book review - does this make September 'De Morgan Month'? Autumn does seem a rather good month for her for some reason, I suppose because it's close to her birthday and the idea of things passing, dying, sleeping, is a recurrent theme for her works, as we saw last week in her poetry. Anyway, lets crack on with this gorgeous new catalogue that will accompany the exhibition over at Delaware...
So, the exhibition at Delaware Art Museum is billed as the first every retorspective of their combined artistic output and relationship and I like the idea of putting people into context. Similar to the Tate's Rossetti family extravaganza next Spring, it is good to see the landscape of creative people's lives, especially if they are surrounded by similarly creative souls who would invariably influence them (and vice versa, obviously). In the case of the De Morgans, it's always been said that William pottered because Evelyn earned the money, but the depth of their creative and intellectual connection has never been explored before to this extent. There are many reasons to love the De Morgans, not least because they had a happy marriage, but they shared so much of the external stimuli for their art, it's a treat to see them examined together.
|Evelyn and William De Morgan|
This is a proper whopper of a catalogue in hardback and absolutely beautiful inside. It is a collection of essays rather than a straight catalogue of the exhibition, and as such can be enjoyed without having to see the accompanying show (especially if you are pining on the other side of the Atlantic like me). Edited by Margaretta S. Frederick, the Annette Woolard-Provine Curator of the Bancroft Collection at Delaware Art Museum, there are many essays on all aspects of the De Morgans artistic, cultural and political lives by some very well known and well respected names.
|Fastastic Ducks on tile with lustre highlights, (Fulham period) William De Morgan|
|S.O.S. (1914-1916) Evelyn De Morgan|
|Alice and Winifred Spencer Stanhope (1884) Evelyn De Morgan|
|The Wandering Jew: 'Whom the Gods Love Die Young' (1888) Evelyn De Morgan|
|The Storm Spirits (1900) Evelyn De Morgan|