Friday, June 5, 2009

Art History - Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Other Art History Posts
Post 1 - Marimekko

For my second email in my Art History posts is Charles Rennie Macintosh, a long time favourite of mine, as i love the whole Art Nouveau Period.

I do have to say it is a bit black and white and dull compared to the last post but i had to posty about him coz i Lurrrve him :-) and i want to cover a range of periods and desingers in my lttle quest to broaden everyones art knowledge !

Charles Rennie Macintosh
"Combining a progressive modernity with the spirit of romanticism, the Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) created many of the best loved and most influential buildings, furniture and decorative schemes of the early 20th century." Quote from here.

I love Charles Rennie Macintosh because of the ways he combines organic flowing lines with more geometric shapes. My favourite part of his designs is the famous rose motif.

This one is from brooch from The Owl Barn

Quote from Charles Rennie Macintosh I love:-
Art is the Flower. Life is the Green Leaf.
Let every artist strive to make his flower a beautiful living thing, something that will convince the world that there may be, there are, things more precious more beautiful - more lasting than life itself.

Image from Creative Pro

Detail From A Highly Important Ebonized Mahogany Writing Cabinet, 1904 From
See the Rose design above, it has been appropriated in a lot of designs, throughout the years.

Principal bedroom, The Hill House, 1903 Image from Design Museum

Stencil decorations in the ladies' tea room, Buchanan Street, Glasgow, 1897
and a colour version

There is also a great post here by a girl called Chloe here too.

More info
The Willow Tea Rooms


Next will be Lucienne Day - as suggested by A Little Bird Told Me.... What Designers do you LURRVE?


Jessica said...

Thanks so much for writing a post about Mr Mackintosh - the images you chose are just lovely and I'm now putting The Willow Tearooms on my list of places I would love to visit one day.

Kim said...

recently watch a bio on him on BBC - really interesting!

le @ thirdontheright said...

be loving him too and the 'education' you are providing us :) le oxox

Matilda Anderson said...

I absolutely LOVE Art Nouveau, especially in interiors. I think it's overlooked too often for more recognizeable styles of interior design. Thanks for posting those images :)