Watercolours

In June 1913 Mackintosh’s partnership with Honeyman Keppie dissolved owing to lack of work, but also as a result of increasing disagreement with his fellow partners.

Charles became depressed and together with Margaret moved to Suffolk.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh
“Fritillaria” 1915
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
© Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery,
University of Glasgow


In was here that Mackintosh produced some of his finest pencil and watercolour paintings of flowers. Not only were they exquisitely drawn – but they were botanically accurate.

The Mackintoshs’ moved to Chelsea soon afterwards where his flower paintings developed in the form of still life compositions.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh
“Petunia, Walberswick” 1914
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
© Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery,
University of Glasgow

Mackintosh became a successful freelance textile designer.

He designed work for leading textile companies such as, Sexton of Belfast.

A great deal of his work was produced for William Foxton, London who specialized in avante-garde design.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh
“Jasmine” 1915
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
© Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery,
University of Glasgow

This is a quotation from a Mackintosh lecture in 1902.

Art is the flower. Life is the Green Leaf

Let every artist strive to make his flower a beautiful living thing, something that will convince the world that there may be, there are, things more precious more beautiful – more lasting than life itself.

To see more of Mackintosh’s watercolours visit the Hunterian online catalogue.

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