Tall, dark and handsome, the chairs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh are international objects of desire. Belying their age, they stand in design studios, hotel lobbies and private homes like stylish question marks.

Where did this northern star find his modernist inspiration over a century ago? And why did he fall into hardship and obscurity?

One can ponder these questions at the Isetan Museum of Art. "Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style" follows the major epochs in his life. Paintings, graphics, jewelry and embroidery by friends and colleagues help to round out the view of this acclaimed branch of Art Nouveau.