About this artwork

Besides being an architect and designer, Mackintosh also produced a large number of drawings and watercolours. Mackintosh and his wife moved to the south of France in 1923, staying for most of the time in Port Vendres, a small town close to the Spanish border. This is one of about forty surviving landscape watercolours that Mackintosh painted in the area. These watercolours have the same sense of organic structure that we find in Mackintosh's architecture. The broad sweeps of paint enliven the composition, which is highlighted by patches of bright blue.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Glasgow-born Mackintosh is a major figure in the art nouveau movement. One of the most original and influential artists of his time, his instantly recognisable style avoided the floral ornament often associated with that movement. Primarily known as an architect (his greatest achievement is the Glasgow School of Art building), he was concerned with aspects of interior design and also painted watercolours. Mackintosh was well respected, above all on the Continent, for his innovation. He was a vocal critic of the dominant architectural style of his time, when buildings were frequently made to imitate the architecture of the past.