Peonies

Designer: Charles Rennie Mackintosh (British, Glasgow, Scotland 1868–1928 London)

Date: ca. 1920

Medium: Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper

Dimensions: 17 x 17 in. (43.2 x 43.2 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1993

Accession Number: 1993.339

Not on view
Mackintosh made his reputation at the turn of the century as an architect and designer of great originality. In 1914, however, he abruptly left his native Glasgow, and by the time he painted Peonies he was living in London, where, although his work had never been fully appreciated by the English, he was attempting to reestablish his career. This is one of a group of eight still lifes of flowers he painted and sent to exhibitions in the hope of supplementing his meager income. Although it did not find a buyer until some time after his death, it reveals him as a superb watercolorist.
Inscription: Signed (lower right, in pencil): CRM
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Charles Rennie Mackintosh," November 19, 1996–February 16, 1997, no. 284.

Art Institute of Chicago. "Charles Rennie Mackintosh," March 29–June 22, 1997, no. 284.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Charles Rennie Mackintosh," August 3–October 12, 1997, no. 284.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Significant Objects," November 26, 2002–May 2, 2004, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Highlights from the Modern Design Collection: 1900 to the Present," June 23, 2009–May 1, 2011.