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McNair & MacDonald "The Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts" Lithograph, c. 1897



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The Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts
Margaret MacDonald (Mackintosh) (1865-1933)
Frances (MacNair) MacDonald (1873-1921)
Herbert MacNair (1868-1955)
Das Moderne Plakat
Edition of 200
(Scotland) Germany
(c. 1895-6) 1897


Along with Charles Rennie Mackinosh, the group known as “The Four” or, charmingly, “The Spook School”, made a massive impact on not only Art Nouveau but Modern Design.  Unlike anything of its time, The Four directly influenced the Vienna Secession and lived by Charles’s motto “There is hope in honest error, none in the icy perfections of the mere stylist.”

Though in their early days the bizarre avant-garde interpretation of Arts & Crafts by The Four were underappreciated in England, in 1900 they were invited to create scenes for the Secession exhibition in Vienna and in 1902 for the Esposizione internazionale d'arte decorativa moderna in Turin, the first time that Scotland exhibited in an overseas exhibition as an independent entity; depicting Scotland as a unique voice, innovatory and sophisticated.

Collections: Hunterian Art Gallery (University of Glasgow), LACMA (lg format)

Lithograph in archival-quality rag mat
8.25 x 11.25 inches (approx. sheet size)
3.75 x 8.5 inches (approx. image area)
12 x 15 inches (mat)

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