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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

There is a new historical fiction book that is about Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a young friend, and World War I in Britain. It's written by Esther Freud, Lucian Freud's daughter and Sigmund's great granddaughter. (I always have to be careful when I type Freud, otherwise I make a freudian slip and type it as Frued, which I would pronounce "frood.")

Mackintosh was one of the main artists in the arts and crafts and the art nouveau movements. He was an architect and a painter. Of particular interest to watercolorists is that he painted many exquisite flowers in watercolor. One of these graces the cover of the novel.

NPR has a review of the novel and an interview with the author:

There are quite a few art books available on Mackintosh, some that focus on his flower paintings.

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