Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928)
This extremely versatile Scottish artist played a prominent role in the Arts and Crafts movement in Great Britain and his name became synonymous with the independent Northern European version of Art Nouveau.
Mackintosh can be interpreted as a decorative orientated architect who drew his inspiration from symbolism and the art of fine Japanese drawing. During his relatively short working life he developed his very own linear-decorative style with a recognisable use of colours. It was these elements in particular that made his interior designs become world famous and unforgettable. Like no one else, he combined a strict architectural theory of shapes with a playful lyricism which goes back to the Pre-Raphaelites and Celtic ornamentation.