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Beauty
January 2003

"Living Fancy"Mackintosh and His World

Author Affiliations

Lam Facial Plastic Surgery Center
Dallas, Tex
(e-mail: samlammd@yahoo.com)

 

Lam Facial Plastic Surgery Center
 Dallas, Tex
 (e-mail: samlammd@yahoo.com)


Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2003;5(1):132-133. doi:

ONE OF THE MOST PRODIGIOUS talents to arise at the turn of the century was Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). A man of true Renaissance proportions, he achieved remarkable renown in many artistic disciplines, including architecture, furniture and interior design, graphic art, and painting. His aesthetic sensibility was well articulated and uncompromising: he dictated every facet of construction and design for his buildings from the detailed interiors to the sculpted exteriors. His unwavering dedication to an all-embracing artistic vision may have left some of his clientele less than enthused, and turned away the prospect of more commissions. His Romantic edifices stand as a refuge in the grime-ridden urban sprawl of his native Glasgow, a city that Thomas Carlyle demonized as a "murky simmering Tophet, of copperas fumes." His unique artistic style is the product of his Glaswegian heritage, combined with decadent continental Art Nouveau and punctuated by Japanese motifs. Given his diverse talents, an essay on Mackintosh, albeit short, must highlight his many-faceted artistic contributions to make any sense of the man and his aesthetic vision. Accordingly, this article will endeavor to present in detail a representative work of architecture and interior design.

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