Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts
This poster was designed by the Macdonald Sisters and McNair. It is typical of their early work which features ethereal elongated forms and a highly symbolic content that led them to be dubbed 'The Spook School'. The poster's focal point is the open flower clasped by the woman's hands. The thorned rose stems (which frame the poster), the streched flanking flowers, the downwards raptured gaze of the couple and the swirling of their hair all force the eye to rest on this central bloom. In 1902 Mackintosh said 'Art is the flower - Life is the green leaf. Let every artist strive to make his flower a beautiful living thing'.