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Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Scottish, 1868–1928

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Scottish, 1868–1928

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh is indelibly linked to the city of Glasgow. A graduate of the prestigious Glasgow School of Art, he was an accomplished painter and designer, and the architect of what would become known as the Glasgow School, which he designed and built together with his future wife, Margaret MacDonald, her sister, Frances MacDonald, and Herbert MacNair. Inspired by the understatement and subtleties of Japanese design, as well as the flora from his rural childhood, he created elegant designs that opened the door from the Victorian age to the Modern era. Mackintosh believed that architecture was the sum of its varied artistic parts. In 1901, he and his wife created designs for a proposed “House for an Art Lover,” a project in which they blended architecture and design in every detail. While it failed to win the competition, it was later realized in Scotland, in 1990.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh is indelibly linked to the city of Glasgow. A graduate of the prestigious Glasgow School of Art, he was an accomplished painter and designer, and the architect of what would become known as the Glasgow School, which he designed and built together with his future wife, Margaret MacDonald, her sister, Frances MacDonald, and Herbert MacNair. Inspired by the understatement and subtleties of Japanese design, as well as the flora from his rural childhood, he created elegant designs that opened the door from the Victorian age to the Modern era. Mackintosh believed that architecture was the sum of its varied artistic parts. In 1901, he and his wife created designs for a proposed “House for an Art Lover,” a project in which they blended architecture and design in every detail. While it failed to win the competition, it was later realized in Scotland, in 1990.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
The Guardian
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition