Glasgow Four

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A name sometimes given to four artists, interrelated by blood and marriage, who often worked together in Glasgow in the period from about 1890 to 1910, developing a common Art Nouveau style in such fields as posters, metalwork, and interior decoration. The four were Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Herbert MacNair (1868–1955), and the English-born sisters Frances Macdonald (1873–1921) and Margaret Macdonald (1864–1933), who were married to MacNair and Mackintosh respectively. Their work, which was influenced by Celtic art and Symbolism, was more appreciated on the Continent than in Britain; an issue of the Viennese periodical Ver Sacrum was devoted to them in 1901. All four worked as painters as well as designers.

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