Spanish architect and designer, Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) was an important and influential figure in the history of contemporary Spanish art. His use of colour, application of a range of materials, and the introduction of organic forms into his constructions were an innovation in the realm of architecture. In his journal, Gaudí freely expressed his own feelings on art: “the colours used in architecture have to be intense, logical, and fertile." His completed works (the Casa Batlló, 1905-1907 and the Casa Milà, 1905-1910) and his incomplete works (the restoration of the Poblet Monastery and the Retable d’Alella in Barcelona) illustrate the importance of this philosophy. His furniture designs were conceived with the same philosophy, as shown, for example, in his own office (1878) or the lamps in the Plaça Reial in Barcelona. The Sagrada Familia (1882-1926) was a monumental project which eventually took over his life (it was still incomplete at the time of his death).
The author, Dr. Jeremy Roe, is interested in a wide range of photography and architectural detail. This interest enables him to reveal the context of the art of Barcelona while he guides us through an introduction to Antoni Gaudí, the master of some of the most famous constructions, design objects, and works in Spanish architecture. This book offers a great insight into Gaudí's work.
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