Artist Love: Charles Rennie Mackintosh


Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 7.00.28 PMFairy Landfritillaria The snake head Fritillaria  Pictures5 Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 5.49.07 PMCharles Rennie Mackintosh 1868-1928

Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 5.50.43 PMThe Wassail

Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 5.53.52 PMScreen Shot 2015-03-01 at 6.58.26 PMThe Huntarian

IMG_3697I love it when I find an artist who was in love with the same things I am.  I had heard of the Scottish artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh before, but I’d never seen his painting of the Snake Head Fritillaria (Checkered lily in the U.S.) until I posted it to Flora Forager and a follower told me to look it up.  What followed was a realization that he loves many of the same flowers and magical naturalism as I do. So fun!



2 thoughts on “Artist Love: Charles Rennie Mackintosh

  1. Hi Bridget – you and I are kindred spirits! I have a collection of egg rocks from the western shore of Lake Michigan. I also have held onto a postcard of the Fritillaria drawing by Charles Rennie MackIntosh for more than 25 years. I love all of his work – I first discovered it in the 1970’s, living in San Francisco. I love the photos of the Russian artist too. Like fairy tales. I think you would also really love the art of Sulamith Wulfing – an incredibly gifted German artist. I have always wished to travel to the small museum that holds her work – I think it’s in the Black Forest. Her life was magical and interesting. I grew up making flower petal collages in my mother’s very weedy flower garden. (One of my all time fave quotes is “Weeds are flowers too, if you get to know them.”- Winnie the Pooh) Sticking petals on to pieces of bark with pine sap. My mother taught me to peel dandelion stems and put them in a bucket of water – they curl beautifully, right before your eyes! She showed me how to find the faces in the pansies; how to suck the nectar out of phlox flowers; and how to make tutus from hollyhock flowers for my little dolls. I’ve created flower gardens in every home I’ve had since then. My two young sons also loved flowers – I have some cherished photos of them popping up from a field of wild purple lupines and sitting next to tulips wearing the same colors and rainbow striped socks. I didn’t buy them many toys, because they much preferred foraging in the gardens and making things with flowers, dirt, sand, rocks and sticks. And finally, I LOVE your creations using natural materials. I saw the one printed in House Beautiful and had to look you up! -Linnea (and yes, I’m named after the wildflower named after Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish, father of taxonomy:-)

  2. So wonderful to find your site, Bridget , as i was looking for more info on Charles Rennie MackIntosh …I’ve had a framed print of the Fritillaria for close to 30 years and …I always loved it , but didn’t know much about it …I’ve now too fallen in love with his body of work ! truly , a remarkable Artist ! Thank you for your help ,

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