Saturday, July 2, 2011

Artist #23: Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh

Four Queens. 1909.
Wood, paint, Gesso. @VMFA

Margaret MacDonald was a Scottish artist who lived from 1864 to 1933. She was born in England, studied at Glasgow School of Art, and set up an independent studio with her sister, Francis, in the mid 1980s. She married Charles Rennie Mackintosh, an architect, in 1900.
Ophelia. 1908
Much of the artwork that Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh did was in collaboration with either her sister or her husband after she was married. She was known to make decorative panels for furniture or the walls of the rooms her husband would construct. She also worked with watercolor, metalsmithing, and textiles. However her most popular medium would be gesso and paint on wood. Her style is distinct and enchanting.
The May Queen. 1900.
I found her biography information, here, at the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society website. The first image was photographed by me as seen at the VMFA and the rest of the images are from this website's image gallery.
O Ye, All Ye That Walk in Willowwood. 1903.
Panel for the Salon de Luxe, Willow Tea Rooms, Sauchiehall Street.
(Painted gesso on hessian, set with glass beads)

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