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Charles Rennie Mackintosh [Hardcover]

Wendy Kaplan
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31 May 1996
Architect, interior designer, furniture designer, painter, and graphic artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) was a modern Renaissance man. This far-ranging book by the leading scholars in the field offers new information and ideas about many aspects of Mackintosh's work: his famous tea rooms, his distinctive furniture, and his evocative paintings. In addition, individual chapters are devoted to his two most remarkable surviving buildings, Glasgow School of Art and The Hill Houseboth illustrated with specially commissioned color photographs. The authors also provide a fresh and thoughtful look at Mackintosh's context in turn-of-the-century Glasgow and London while revising many of the myths that have long obscured his life and career. His extensive collaboration with his wife, Margaret Macdonald, and his working relationships with his mentors and patrons receive enlightening scrutiny as well. This authoritative volume - which accompanies a major retrospective with an international tour, organized by the Glasgow Museums - also contains an extensive chronology, a cast of characters, a selected bibliography, and an appendix of the Mackintosh buildings and interiors that are still in existence.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.; 1st Edition edition (31 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558597913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558597914
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 997,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The complete Charles Rennie Mackintosh 28 Jan 2011
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
This mammoth, glossy book is the record of a significant retrospective exhibition in Glasgow in 1996, and is published by Glasgow Museum. It is in the modern tradition of such catalogues, with a large and authoritative body of text as well as a wealth of illustrations, making it the definitive work.

The pictures are distributed through the body of the text (in correct catalogue order) rather than grouped together. The text thus traces the themes of the original exhibition with the illustrations close to the relevant sections of interpretation, making the book enjoyable to read and easy to follow.

We have as much in-depth study of the artist and the many aspects of his work as anyone could ask for. Three essays set "Mackingtosh in context". Four examine the "Architecture". Another three survey "Art and Design", including Mackintosh's later paintings, which are too little known. A final 30-page "Conclusion" looks at Mackintosh's influence since his death, and the fluctuating fortunes of his reputation and popularity.

This book will be a valuable resource for architects, interior designers and artists. Wendy Kaplan is the editor; other contributors include Juliet Kinchin, Daniel Robbins, Janice Helland, David Walker, Mark Girouard, John McKean, Gavin Stamp, Pat Kirkham, Alan Crawford and Pamela Robertson
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A very good insight into the works of Rennie Mackintosh as well as the influences on him - including Mary, his wife and an indication of his links with others of his kind in the Art world.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I thought I was ordering a book! 28 Mar 2013
By Lisa Rivas - Published on
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I thought I was ordering a book!
No where in the description do I see that this item was a nice box of greeting cards.
I was so surprised when I got my package, now I am confused as to know what to do!
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cards 8 Aug 2012
By Elizabeth D. Minter - Published on
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These are beautifully printed cards on high quality paper stock. The ink does not run on this paper. I am looking forward to purchasing more of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taschen excellence! 29 Mar 2000
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As usual Taschen gives good value! This was the first book I read about C. R. Mackintosh, which is indeed an amazing character, and one of the initiators of modernism. I ended up travelling to Glasgow to see some of Mackintosh fascinating interiors and buildings. Go there! The book is easily read, with gorgious pictures, and a good introduction. By the same authors, I also recommand "20th century design", which I believe is going to be published in the States in a short while.
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