Each day I marvel at the distinctive Art Nouveau style that Charles Rennie Macintosh and Margaret MacDonald developed in the first decade of the 20th Century; so it came as a surprise to read detiails about Mackintosh’s life in The Glasgow Almanac (Terry). He developed his style as a young man and completed some major works before the age of forty, but that’s no surprise because is was the norm for Art Nouveau architects and artists to be young. The surprise is that Mackintiosh had few clients in Glasgow and left for France with Margaret (her idea) in 1923. He became a water color artist later in life, but as the book claims, “died in relative obscurity in 1928.”

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  1. Johnny says:

    Why were most of the architects young??? Ps I am going to go in to Evergreen Monday to hopefully see Amy and figure out this problem with my map and photos

    • Stephanie says:

      It’s the young architects who experiment with new ideas. They tend to study and then see beyond the old school of thought about art and architecture. Art Nouveau is called Secessionist in Austria and Poland, meaning that the young artists were “seceding” from the kind of art that came before them. I saw some wonderful paintings by a group of young artists at the turn of century called The Glasgow Boys; they rejected the kind of romanticism and preciseness of the art of the Victorian age and invented new types of brush strokes, textures, and patterns for their paintings. I’ll add a post about them.

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