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“.
The use of stylised plant forms such as chrysanthemums were abstracted by Mackintosh to create repeat patterns suitable for printed textiles. The vivid, bold colours suggests the influence of the ‘Ballet Russes’, as well as contemporary painting through the richness and freedom of the design.
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 chrysanthemums
CRE MACKINTOSH, Charles Rennie; (Scottish; 1868-1928)
pencil and watercolour on paper 29.2 x 20.9
Catalogue number: 41446