Charles Rennie Mackintosh, architect, designer and artist, is an even more enigmatic figure today than when he was alive. While the astonishing modernity of his work has long ensured him a place of prominence among the pioneers of the Modern Movement, in recent years his promotion of symbolic decoration has been hailed as prophetically post-modern.
Mackintosh believed architecture was the supreme discipline, as it uniquely brought all the arts together. To understand his work, it must be seen as a complete unit rather than as individual components. His aim was to connect individuals with his work both functionally and spiritually. He believed this could be achieved through a series of carefully balancing opposites: modernity with tradition, the masculine with the feminine, light with dark and the sensual with the chaste. His work has a distinctive character, as a figure head of his time, caught in the difficult transition between the Victorian era and the Modern age.
These individualist features are no more apparent than in his design for the House for an Art Lover.
If you would like further and more detailed information on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, his life and his works please visit the CRM Society website.
Glasgow is the best place in the world to view the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Detailed below are a few of the most popular local Mackintosh attractions.
Glasgow School of Art - Charles Rennie Mackintosh's greatest architectural achievement www.gsa.ac.uk
The Willow Tea Rooms - The original Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed Willow Tea Rooms www.willowtearooms.co.uk
The Hill House - The finest of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's domestic creations, The Hill House dates from 1902 http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/The-Hill-House/