Like Charles Rennie Mackintosh John Cairney began his career at the age of 15 at the Glasgow School of Art. He tells of the working life of Charles Rennie Mackintosh as well as the beautiful love story which tragically ended with Mackintosh's sudden death at the age of 60. His wife and co-artist, Margaret Macdonald died three years later.
|Title||The Quest for Charles Rennie Mackintosh|
|Author Bio||Dr John Cairney lives in Auckland with his wife Alannah O'Sullivan, and together they form the Pennyfarthing Partnership. John returns to Scotland on a regular basis. He made his stage debut at the tender age of 17 and has been acting ever since. He has adapted Burns for theatrical productions for decades, and performed for radio, television, in film, on stage, in musicals, as well as producing video and audio recordings of the Bard. He has toured his one-man show and was awarded a PhD for his work on Stevenson. Previous titles include On The Trail of Robert Burns, Immortal Memories, The Luath Burns Companion and The Quest for Robert Louis Stevenson.|
|Back Cover Text||Charles Rennie Mackintosh is established in the Scottish iconography as an architect of originality, a designer of genius and a painter of exceptional quality. He is, however, an enigma as a man. For the last thirty years John Cairney has been on a personal quest to find the complex man behind the facade that was Charles Rennie Mackintosh, architect and artist. Though recognised even in his own day as a genius, he was by no means a saint of high morals and mystic vision. He was a flesh and blood charmer, who attracted women as much as he irritated men. He was all artist, but also all man, with the advantages and disadvantage of both. This book explores many hitherto unexamined aspects of Toshie's life, delving into the significance of Mackintosh's relationship with his mother, the importance of his first girlfriend, and how much his wife, Margaret Macdonald, contributed to his life. The is the life of an extraordinary talent, a great love story with personal complications, professional conflicts, triumphs and disasters, and an engulfing tragic ending.|
|Reviews||'Makes for grand reading and for a stronger sense of the man than can be found in most of the more scholarly tomes' - The Sunday Herald (refers to the hardback edition)|
|BIC Subject||Individual artists, art monographs|
|BISAC Subject||BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers|