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The Charles Rennie Mackintosh tour

The Scottish Charles Rennie Mackintosh stayed at the Hôtel du Commerce in Port-Vendres during the winters of 1925 and 1926, at the end of his international architect and designer carrier. 

Inspired by the light of the town and distancing himself from the painters of Collioure and Céret, he made at Port-Vendres different watercolours representing the town. His work shows in its construction his being an architect. 

Some of these paintings are shown in museums all around the world and some belong to private collections. 

His last wish was to have his ashes scattered in the bay of Port-Vendres. He I said to have spent here the happiest years of his life with his partner Margaret, a painter just like him.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh en Roussillon
   

The CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH TOUR
Around PORT-VENDRES

A path that goes around the port, shows reproductions of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s watercolours exactly where he painted them. A leaflet is available at the tourist office


The trale starts at the mole (the breakwater with the port light at the harbour entrance) where Margaret Mackintosh is believed to have scattered Charles Rennie Mackintosh ashes. It finishes above the Fort Mauresque at the north; direction Collioure.





Details of the 13 paintings in situ :
Circuit Charles Rennie Mackintosh Port-Vendres
N°1 / PORT-VENDRES 
(1925-1926 - Watercolor - Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

Port-Vendres was painted from the hillside to the left of the road before passing through the rock
 
N°2 / FORT MAILLY 
(
1927 - Watercolor - Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

The Fort Mailly (in ruins today) was one of the his favourite subjectrles Rennie Mackintosh. This painting appears to be a combination of two positions.
 
 N°3 / THE ROCK
(1927 - Watercolor - Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

Situated on the path "sentier des Redoutes", this watercolor shows the rock on the Béar cove. On the background, the end of "rue du soleil" (Sun street)
 
 N°4 / THE ROAD THROUGH THE ROCKS
(1925 - 1926 - Watercolor - Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

Fort Mailly and the road that goes through the rocks 
 
 N°5 / THE FORT 
(1925-1926 Watercolor - Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

Once agains, The Fort Mailly from the Cap Béar road. 
 
 N°6 / THE LIGHTHOUSE
(1925-1926 - Watercolor - Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

On the "sentier des Redoutes", The Fort Fanal which is the light at the entrance north of the port
 
 N°7 / LA RUE DU SOLEIL
(1926 - Watercolor - Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

The watercolor was painted from within what is now the commercial port, which is closed to the public and so is marked outside the dock gates.
 
 N°8 / A SOUTHERN PORT
(1925-1926 - Watercolor - Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

In front of the Tourist Office.
One of the first Charles Rennie Mackintosh paintaings in Port-Vendres
 
 N°9 / PORT-VENDRES (quai des Douanes)
(1925-1926 - Watercolor - Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

View of the Quay "des Douanes" (Customs).
 
 N°10 / STEAMER MOORED AT QUAYSIDE
(1925-1926 - Watercolor - Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

One of the few times Mackintosh ever included any human figures.
 
 N°11 / LA VILLE
(1926 - Watercolor - Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

Painted from the hillside above the "rue du soleil" (Arago Street) looking back at the quai Forgas and the Rue Jules Pams
 
 N°12 / THE LITTLE BAY
(1927 - Watercolor - Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

Now the little bay is partly a boatyard and partly the fichmarket but the staircase on the right of the paiting is still there
 
N°13 / FORT DE LA MAURESQUE
(1925-1926 - Watercolor - Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

The Fort Mauresque, on the north side of the harbour entrance is now only marked by the bases of a few gun emplacements
                                                                            
 

Museum - exhibition 



The famous architect and designer C.R. Mackintosh lived in Port-Vendres during the last years of his life. The museum in the Dome gardens recount his life.
Dome garden Access via the avenue Vauban
Free entrance
Closed for works untill Easter 2010
You'll find interactive kiosks, audioguides, pictures


madame.gonzalvez@wanadoo.fr
Tel +33 (0)4 68 82 22 26

For more information about the residence of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Mackintosh in Roussillon (France), you can buy the bilingual book (french-english) "MISTER MACKINTOSH" at the tourist office. On sale 23 €.


The book chronicles the travels and the paintings of the artist in the Pyrenées-Orientales from 1923 to 1927


http://www.crmackintoshfrance.com/
Monsieur Mackintosh en Roussillon




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Contacts :
Tourist office of Port-Vendres - 1, Quai François Joly - 66660 Port-Vendres - FRANCE /Phone 33(0)4 68 82 07 54 - Fax 33(0)4 68 82 62 95 -
Town Hall of Port-Vendres - 8 rue Jules Pams - 66660 Port-Vendres - FRANCE / Phone 33(0)4 68 82 01 03 - Fax 33(0)4 68 82 22 33 -