Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Scottish (1868 - 1928)
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Mont Alba About 1924 - 1927


Born 1868
Died 1928
Nationality Scottish

Glasgow-born Mackintosh is a major figure in the art nouveau movement. One of the most original and influential artists of his time, his instantly recognisable style avoided the floral ornament often associated with that movement. Primarily known as an architect (his greatest achievement is the Glasgow School of Art building), he was concerned with aspects of interior design and also painted watercolours. Mackintosh was well respected, above all on the Continent, for his innovation. He was a vocal critic of the dominant architectural style of his time, when buildings were frequently made to imitate the architecture of the past.

Glossary terms

  • 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.

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