Antoni Gaudí by Roe, J.; Gaudí, Antoni

By Roe, J.; Gaudí, Antoni

The publication undertakes a serious survey of the structure of Antoni Gaudí, drawing at the most up-to-date educational study and followed by means of documentary illustrations and a photographic essay of his paintings. the hole chapters offer an creation to Gaudí's biography and the social and cultural context of Barcelona amidst which he built his extraordinary and unique structure. Following this his paintings is  Read more...

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Robert Hughes states: “In certain respects Gaudí was not a modernista architect at all. His religious obsessions, for instance, separate him from the generally secular character of Modernisme. Gaudí did not believe in Modernity. He wanted to find radically new ways of being radically old…” However, Gaudí may undoubtedly be identified as making a key contribution to Barcelona’s Modernisme. To explore his identity as a ‘modern figure’ the concerns of Modernisme need to be considered in more detail.

The Arts and Crafts Movement and the style known as Art Nouveau are the clearest parallels. However, to map these webs of connections frequently offers a vision of the past configured more by contemporary interests. The approach taken here is to focus on the specific cultural setting of Barcelona, and in particular the movement known as Modernisme, which should be translated as Modernism with caution if at all, as it refers to a very specific period from around 1890 to 1910. 20. Casa Vicens, Tower detail.

The procession that followed his coffin to its final resting place testified to the architect’s importance and recognition among the different areas of society: it included politicians from Barcelona as well as his native town of Reus; representatives of the Church; members of the religious and cultural associations to which he had belonged and to which he had contributed to, and many of the craftsmen from the city-workers’ guilds also attended. In this way the passion and commitment that Gaudí had shown in the different aspects of his life and work were all commemorated.

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