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April 11, 2014

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Eileen

I remember reading that the flat rose which was so popular during the era was pioneered and attributed to Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Is this not so?

Rachel

Charles Rennie Mackintosh did indeed create a stylized rose motif. Mackintosh's most influential work was completed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, during the Art Nouveau period. In the 1920s, the stylized rose was typically more closely associated with Paul Iribe and Art Deco design. Iribe, a multi-talented artist, created a number of textile patterns featuring "his" stylized rose. Whether or not Iribe was influenced by Mackintosh is another question entirely! While Iribe was surely familiar with Mackintosh's work, it will take more research to determine the links between their respective roses.

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