The Mysterious Garden

From about 1900 Macdonald began to produce larger, independent watercolours alongside her craftwork. Here, a figure is seemingly asleep and may be dreaming, while above her stands a row of eight heads or masks which are perhaps part of her dream. The subject may have been inspired by Maurice Maeterlinck’s play ‘The Blue Bird’, which was performed in Glasgow in autumn 1910. Also, stylistically it o…