Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Art of The Four

Roger Billcliffe

The definitive study showcasing the often-overlooked paintings of the four highly original designers and architects who created the Glasgow Style.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Art of The Four

The Glasgow Style is the name given to the work of a group of young designers and architects working in Glasgow from 1890–1914. At its centre was a quartet of young friends who had trained at the Glasgow School of Art – Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Herbert MacNair, Margaret Macdonald and Frances Macdonald – known simply as ‘The Four’. Their work was a personal vision in the new international style of the 1890s – Art Nouveau – and is perhaps best known for Mackintosh’s architecture and furniture.

This extensively illustrated volume showcases the often overlooked paintings of this quartet of highly original artists – their early watercolours, the work of the Spook School, the development of their individual styles, Mackintosh’s fine flower drawings, the new directions taken by each artist, and their later works, including Mackintosh’s accomplished French landscapes. Written by an acknowledged expert on Mackintosh, this is the complete and definitive work on the art of ‘The Four’.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Art of The Four book
  • Published by Frances Lincoln
  • Hardback
  • 272 pages
  • 300 colour and black & white photographs
  • 305 x 248mm

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