This textile design was produced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It featured in the 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“.
Black is the dominant colour of a fine group of designs which amalgamate organic and geometric forms. They were probably designs for voiles or dress fabrics, and a number of them were bought by Foxton’s. The progressive proprietor, William Foxton, admired Mackintosh’s use of vivid colours and modernist aesthetic.
Mackintosh turned to commercial textile design during the years he and Margaret Macdonald spent in London. They rank among the most progressive designs of the period in Britain.
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Textile design: stylised plant form: black, purple, green and pink
CRE MACKINTOSH, Charles Rennie; (Scottish; 1868-1928)
pencil and watercolour on paper laid on board 39.1 x 26.0
Catalogue number: 41471