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Frances Macdonald McNair

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08/24/1873 - 12/12/1921

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Frances Macdonald McNair (1873 – 1921) was a Scottish artist who brought notoriety to the ‘Glasgow Style’ with her older sister Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh. Both sisters married architects James Herbert MacNair and Charles Rennie Mackintosh and became known as ‘The Glasgow Four’ for their collaboration across mediums to develop a distinctive aesthetic. The ‘Glasgow Style’ was inspired by mysticism, symbolism, and Celtic imagery. Frances often placed her signature ghostly female figures in chivalric, romanticized scenes but towards the end of her life, after the failure of her marriage, her sister’s move to England, and her mother’s death, her depictions became darker and more ominous.

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