Thursday, November 22, 2007
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
I had the opportunity to my new neighbor, Miss Eggberta Echegray, about a number of topics in (my new) neighborhood, when the subject turned her domicile, the Willow Team room. I must admit, I am quite a fan of both Art Nouveau and Art Deco, but apparently there was a “hole” in my knowledge of the field, as I was unfamiliar with the artist she based her abode design, and asked her about it.
Example of his art, made into a stained glass window
“Charles Rennie Mackintosh!” was her response. In return, I gave her a blank look, being unfamiliar with the gentleman. After my ham-fisted attempts to change the topic (to hide my obvious ignorance), I proceeded to the font of knowledge known as the internet, to allay this situation.
More examples of his glasswork
Mr. Mackintosh was a premier Scottish architect, designer, and watercolorist, who was active in the both the “Arts and Crafts” and “Art Nouveau” movements of the late 19th century. His works valued “restraint of economy” (via Wiki), and had a sublime influence from the Japonaise school, as the nation of the Rising Sun began to open its doors to the rest of the world.
The RL Willow Tearoom
Inside the RL Willow Tearoom – with hot tea and and enjoyable atmosphere
He had a storied but short career, and although his work is considered one of the foundations of “moderisme”, his artistic ability established what was know as the “Glassglow” style, influencing the emerging Viennese Art Nouveau movement of “Sezessionstil” (again, Wiki)
Miss Echegray’s SL Willow Tearoom, New Babbage
If you wish to read further into one of the most influential founders of what was eventually known as “Art Nouveau”, please visit the following sites
The RL Tea Room
Miss Echegray relaxing at the Willow Tearoom
and of course, Miss Echegrays blog