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Artists: Herbert McNair, Margaret and Frances MacDonald (Scottish)
Plate: PM. 29
Title: The Glasgow Institute
Description: Condition A.
Original lithograph from the "Das Moderne Plakat" series, View entire collection (50)
Printed by Verlag von Gerhard Kuhtmann, Dresden, 1897.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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Plakat Sheet Size: 8 1/2 in x 11 1/4 in
  21 cm x 29 cm

Price: temporarily out of stock

(Like many of my most sought after images I am usually able to locate this for clients. email me for a price estimate, Greg) To Request


This brilliant poster designed and produced for The Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts in 1895. Designed by Herbert McNair of "The Glasgow Four" a group of designers that also included the great Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret and Frances Macdonald. He did this poster along with the Macdonald sisters, Margaret and Frances, his wife. Their controversial poster designs led to "The Four" being termed "The Spook School" by critics.

"While rejecting the term 'stylist,' these four in close association evolved an integrated vocabulary of decorative forms and an overall look that was uniquely their own, despite owing debts to William Morris, Aubrey Beardsley, the Dutch symbolist painter Jan Toorop and Japanese design generally. Eliminating what Charles called 'antiquarian ornament,' they achieved a pared down version of Art Nouveau that paved the way for Art Deco and Modernist Minimalism. A Scottish spirit was infused by means of heathery colors and mystical Celtic symbols.

This innovative quartet teamed up while studying at The Glasgow School of Art (later rebuilt as Charles' architectural masterpiece). English-born but with family in Glasgow, the inseparable Macdonald sisters were enrolled as day students in the early 1890's and the two young men, native Glaswegians associated with the same architectural practice, attended evening classes. Independently, each pair had embarked upon similar experiments in drawing, watercolor painting and decoration. Noting a strong affinity in content, as well as technique and form, the school's astute director introduced them and the creative alliance forged was immediately successful. When their avant-garde 'New Art' appeared at the next student show, it attracted praise and they were christened The Four"(Glasgow style)

Posters by the " Four" are extremely rare and have fetched over $100,000 US in auction.

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