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Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1869 - 1928. Architect (study for group portrait The Building Committee of the Glasgow School of Art in the collection of Glasgow School of Art)
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Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1869 - 1928. Architect (study for group portrait The Building Committee of the Glasgow School of Art in the collection of Glasgow School of Art) 1914

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  • Scottish Art
As an architect, designer and watercolour painter, Mackintosh, the son of a Glasgow policeman, was the leading representative of the art nouveau style in Scotland. In 1897, while still an apprentice architect, he won the commission to design new premises for Glasgow School of Art, where he had studied. The School's director, Francis Newbery, has painted Mackintosh grasping the plans for the building in his hand. Glasgow School of Art is now recognised as one of the most important buildings of the early twentieth century but Mackintosh left Scotland in 1914, feeling that his work was misunderstood in his native country.

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Art nouveau

Decorative art style popular in Europe and North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is characterised by flowing lines based on plant forms.

Commission

When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Watercolour

A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Art nouveau, Commission, Watercolour

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 1205
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 110.50 x 61.40 cm (framed: 140.20 x 86.20 x 9.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1933