Frances MacNair, née MacDonald, was one of the celebrated Glasgow School
of Art ‘Four’: comprising her husband, Herbert MacNair; her sister,
Margaret MacDonald; and her brother-in-law, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
The group’s style was avant-garde even within the Art Nouveau movement,
combining highly stylized form and distinctive repetitive motifs across
multi-medium-practices including architecture, poster design,
embroidery, and stained glass. MacNair further managed to carve her own
niche within this progressive movement by drawing inspiration from the
otherworldliness of Scottish Folklore with a specific emphasis on the
MacNair portrays Faeiry dreamlike waifs who can b
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