Wednesday 8 October 2014

Exhibition Margaret MacDonald

There is a big exhibition of Rennie Macintosh's work at the Huntarian Glasgow. I am a great admirer of his work and it was devastating about the Glasgow Art school fire this year.
His wife Margaret MacDonald, I probably admire her work even more - and her exhibition is away in Helensburgh. I've been writing on women artists recently - and they are usually treated as second class or ignored and hidden away. I notice too how often female artists are referred to as - collaborating with their partners, or being painted by them - when the reality is that these women artists were strong independent artists in their own right.
Margaret influenced the wonderful Austrian artist Klimt and others.
Macintosh credited her with being an important part of his figurative and symbolic interior designs. "Remember, you are half if not four-quarters of all my architectural...Margaret has genius, I have only talent."

Margaret MacDonald, (1864 Scotland) She was celebrated for her panels in Glasgow's famous Willow Tearooms - The May Queen, and Oh ye, all ye that walk in Willowood. Along with her husband Rennie Macintosh and Herbert MacNair, she was one of the most influential members of the collective known as the Glasgow Four. She exhibited with Mackintosh at the 1900 Vienna Secession, where she was an influence on the Secessionists Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann.