The legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Roussillon are his watercolours.
The Mackintosh Trail in Roussillon shows reproductions at the places where they were painted.
The Trail consists of 30 reproductions of Mackintosh's watercolours placed in situ in the valleys of the Tech and the Têt and on the Côte Vermielle.
Mackintosh redesigned landscapes and developed a unique style which towards the end was approaching surrealism. Comparing the real landscape side by side with Mackintosh's interpretation, is a fascinating insight into seeing the world through the eyes of the artist. Mackintosh picked his spots by finding somewhere that would protect him from the wind with a suitable rock to sit upon - so these location are usually not difficult to identify.
The Mackintosh trail and the series of 30 markers, each with a reproduction of the painting that Mackintosh painted, provides a focus for discovering the spectacular scenery and Catalan culture of the Pyrénées Orientales.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Architect, Designer, Artist (1868 – 1928)
Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born in Glasgow. He was apprenticed to a firm of architects and his natural talent soon became apparent.
The outbreak of the Great War brought the European relationship to an abrupt end and when peace returned, fashions changed and Mackintosh found himself outmoded. In 1923 he abandoned his architectural career and went on a painting holiday with his wife Margaret to the Pyrénées Orientales where she could attend a thermal spa for treatment for her asthma.
Today his paintings hang in international art collections around the world. Mackintosh left a legacy of revolutionary designs for buildings, furniture, textiles, stained glass, artwork and a unique style of landscape painting.
Architect, designer and artist, - Mackintosh's genius spanned three careers in a single lifetime.