Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Biography
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) is Scotland's most famous artistic son. Trained as an architect and designer, he worked for 20 years in Glasgow, creating beautiful furniture, jewelry and other decorative art and illustrations, as well as designing private homes -- all in his wonderfully unique blend of the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau styles.
One of his greatest achievements was the Glasgow School of Art, now named the Mackintosh Building. However, Charles Rennie Mackintosh was unappreciated in his native land, while greatly applauded on the continent.
So Mackintosh and his wife, fellow artist Margaret MacDonald, moved to London and eventually retired to southern France, where he spent his later years painting some of the lovely landscapes shown below.
While unappreciated in the Scotland of his day, Charles Rennie Mackintosh decorative art, paintings, and jewelry now fetch high prices with the current popularity of the art nouveau style and a renewed appreciation of Mackintosh's artistic genius.