CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH
Born in Glasgow in 1868, Charles Rennie Mackintosh is Scotland's most famous artist, architect and designer. He went on to become world-renowned for his distinct Art Noveau style which includes his signature floral decorative motifs.
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Mackintosh, the fourth of eleven children, began his career in 1884 at the age of 16, serving an apprenticeship with a local architect. He attended evening classes at Glasgow School of Art from 1883 until 1894. During this time he met his future wife Margaret McDonald a fellow student with whom he would work closely on interior design. They married in 1900. Alongside Margaret and a close group of friends, Mackintosh brought 'The Glasgow Style' to life in many buildings and furniture, which you can see, around the city to this day.
Taking inspiration from Scottish traditions and mixing with Japanese influence, the Art Noveau style is truly stunning. Emerging as one of the most influential people to emerge from Scotland in the 1900's Mackintosh was and still remains an immensely popular talent.
There are many Charles Rennie Mackintosh sites that you can visit while in Glasgow, and that is not including the many private houses that he also designed. You can take a look at the furniture designed by him and his wife, the amazing architecture and the stunning paintings, which he indulged more in during later years.
Had it not been for an early competition that Mackintosh entered we may never have had the opportunity to see such a genius at work, the winning prize was to redesign a building in Glasgow, The Glasgow School of Art to be exact, where Mackintosh, a former pupil, made a truly visionary mark.
The GSA was judged the best building of the past 175 years in a RIBA nationwide poll in 2009 and the outpouring of grief following the school’s damaging fire in 2014 is a sign that the surge in his popularity continues. Fortunately much of the building was saved from destruction.