Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh (1864-1933) was a Scottish visual artist who had a significant influence
on the development of Art Nouveau in the country. She was one of the most
prominent artists of the ‘Glasgow Style’ current during the 1890s.
Her work was inspired
by Celtic imagery and folklore, and took the form of a variety of media ranging
from metalwork to embroidery. Even though she was an established artist in her
own right, her work was often eclipsed by that of her husband, Charles Rennie
Mackintosh, the most famous architect of Scotland. Some of her most notable
works can be seen today at the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow.
Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh - The Silver Apples of the Moon (1912)
Acuarela inspirada en la siguiente poesía de WB Yeats.
The Song of Wandering Aengus - W. B. Yeats, 1865 - 1939
I went out to the hazel wood, Because a fire was in my head, And cut and peeled a hazel wand, And hooked a berry to a thread; And when white moths were on the wing, And moth-like stars were flickering out, I dropped the berry in a stream And caught a little silver trout.
When I had laid it on the floor I went to blow the fire a-flame, But something rustled on the floor, And someone called me by my name: It had become a glimmering girl With apple blossom in her hair Who called me by my name and ran And faded through the brightening air.
Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.
Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh - The Legend of the Blackthorns (1922).
Blackthorn or sloe is an early spring flowering shrub traditionally linked with death. It is probable this watercolour commemorated the death of Margaret Macdonald’s sister, Frances McNair, in December 1921.