japonisme: the rose

08 March 2007

the rose

many people have heard of charles rennie mackintosh and why not? with his wondrous designs, from watercolor to architecture, we still thrill and delight to his work.

but fewer have heard of dard hunter, whose sweep was more narrow, perhaps, but no less profound.

i can find no record of the two ever having met, but we still see from both what is often called 'the scottish rose.' mackintosh was indeed scottish, but hunter was from ohio, and though he did study in europe, i also find no men- tion of him visiting scotland.

they both, however, worked in a time when artists the world over were learning to see in new, simplified ways from seeing the work of the japanese for the first time.

and, as you can see from this 1920s kimono, the japanese were learning back.

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Blogger Princess Haiku said...

I think that it is great that through internet resources people are discovering and displaying the work of "lost" scholars and artists. This was an informative as well as lovely post.

09 March, 2007 09:14  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

oh that's such a cool perspective. thanks princess. yeah, that's an amazing, incredibly human part of this technical universe: we retrieve them and can also save ourselves.

09 March, 2007 18:42  

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