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Rummet som konstverk: om konstnärsparet Charles Rennie Mackintosh och Margaret Macdonald
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, History and Theory of Art.
2003 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
The Room as a Work of Art : On Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald, Artists and Spouses (English)
Abstract [en]

The present dissertation deals with the artistic collaboration of a married couple, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald. Living in Glasgow at the turn of the century, theeå, Swedeny concentrated their work on interior design. However, artistic collaboration has been neglected by traditional art history, with its concentration on individual creativity. For the couple in question, this has meant that the work they created together has been mainly attributed to Mackintosh, thereby relegating Mac­donald to the role of spouse and assistant, rather than co-creator. The present disser­tation presents a different picture of the couple's collaboration, challenging and revi­sing our cultural perceptions about the creative abilities of the respective sexes.

A selection of interiors created by the Mackintoshes is studied in order to shed light on their collaborative efforts. The analyses embark from the perspectives of «masculine» and «feminine» in order to show how the Mackintoshes created artistic wholeness in their interiors, while at the same time opening up the spaces for a mixture of actors, i.e. making the rooms accessible to men and women alike through their designs. During this epoch, the concepts of «masculine» and «feminine» were employed as natural points of reference in an attempt to explain social and cultural phenomena scientifically. The Mackintoshes made use of the era's conventions when creating interiors in the accepted division of masculine (hallways, dining rooms, libraries) and feminine (bedrooms, salons) spaces. However, with time they began to combine these accepted gender forms in order to create something new and modern. Just as the Mackintoshes could create more powerful works of art by combining their respective artistic talents, their spaces could accrue greater significance through the combination of masculine and feminine principles.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Institutionen för konstvetenskap, Umeå universitet , 2003. , 197 p.
Umeå studies in history and theory of art, ISSN 1404-8949 ; 5
Keyword [en]
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Margaret Macdonald, interior design, art nouveau, gender studies, Hill House, Willow Tea Rooms, Rose Boudoir, Glasgow
National Category
Art History
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-82510ISBN: 91-7305-415-1OAI: diva2:661654
Available from: 2013-11-04 Created: 2013-11-04 Last updated: 2013-11-04Bibliographically approved

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