The Scottish artist Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh was creating work around the turn of the 20th century in her adopted home town of Glasgow. Part of the famous ‘Glasgow Four’, along with her sister Frances, Herbert MacNair and Charles Rennie Mackintosh (who would later become her husband), Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh created paintings and designs inspired by traditional Celtic imagery, nature and botanicals, folk stories and symbolism. Her elongated figures have a ghostly quality that is instantly recognisable and her colour palettes are muted and natural.
While her husband may have won more fame and acclaim in their lifetime, Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh was a talented and creative artist worthy of far more praise than she received. Take a look at her beautiful Celtic paintings and discover some forgotten treasures.
Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh had a distinctive style that would work really well with a variety of interior design trends. Her soft colours have a gorgeous vintage feel that suit any trend perfectly. Her versatile colour palette and use of motifs would also complement contemporary trends from shabby chic to French country.
The silvery blues in ‘Silver Apples’ look wonderful in a relaxing bathroom or a pretty bedroom. ‘The Heart of the Rose’ has a lovely romantic feel that would work really well hung above a bed.
‘The White Rose and the Red Rose’ is perhaps Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh’s most famous piece and has a quiet power that would make an engaging focal point hung above the fireplace in the living room. Her poster design of ‘Hayling Island’ has a retro style that is very on-trend and would bring a funky touch to a study or hallway.
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Choosing the right material for your Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh prints will ensure they look their best on your walls. The pale and delicate colours of ‘Silver apples’ would be beautifully enhanced when printed onto lightweight Forex foam board. Her retro posters have bolder colours that would look great printed onto slender Alu-Dibond for an intense finish or glossy acrylic glass for a magazine-inspired style.
Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh paintings in muted vintage colours would be given an authentic gallery finish by printing onto stretched cotton canvas. You could even pair your canvas with an elegant floating frame to complete the look. And if you are on a budget, you can’t beat our high-quality photo paper!