The Scotchman Mackintosh, architect, designer, interior decorator and painter, is thought of an exponent of the "Liberty" school. His very personal style is, anyway, considered more akin to the viennese school which developed around Jospeh Hoffmann and Moser than to the french and belgian art nouveau whose decorative excesses he detested. He treated wood as a ductile material and loved to cover his forniture with laqueres which camouflaged joints and showed off only the defining shapes. Mackintosh and his friends wanted to distinguish themself from the stylistic confusion and mediocrity of the Victorian era and in this intent had the backinf of the English "Arts and Crafts" movement. Aside Glasgow which hosts his bold and notewothy School of Arts building, he is little know on the Continent where he had partecipated in the 1901 Viennese Secession exhibit and the Art Decorative Moderne Exhibit in Turin in 1902. In Vienna he meets Hoffmann, Moser, Olbrich and the painter Klimt. It is during this period that he receives the "Zeitschrift fuer Innendekoration" magazine award for the a desing for the home of a collector and the decor for the music room of Fritz Waerndorfer, the patron of the sucession. The productive years between 1897 and 1905 are followed by static ones, from 1916 to 1918 a second period of success: then silence. Without commissions, Mackintosh and his wife Margaret, his collaborator, moved to France where he dedicated himself to painting. He lived modestly of his savings and died in poverty.ART121
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