Gaudí is perhaps the greatest Spanish architect of all time. He is considered the king of the Modernist (Art Nouveau) movement. His work is a clear product of the cultural context of his time, his own personality and his devotion to the Catalan community.
He was born in Reus in 1852, but he took his professional life in Barcelona. Gaudí’s biography is closely related to Barcelona and the Güell family, who move the most circle of prestige at the moment. He built great 7meter of his most important works such as Palau Guell, Park Guell or Colonia Guell for this family.
But besides being a great architect, he is a designer too big: he always looks after the architectural space with the concept of decorative organics using furniture, stained glass, wrought iron, ceramics, mosaics, and so on. He added color to the building, a concept that was often ignored by his colleagues. Gaudi buildings are heavily influenced by natural forms and especially by the sea, so that all of his work has important symmetry absences. As in nature, nothing in a building or furniture is completely identical.
most of Gaudí’s representative architectural works are:
Sagrada Familia: This is the most ambitious project, but he left it unfinished in 1926 when he died. From 1908 to death, he worked on no other projects. This monumental church is Gaudi’s most famous work and symbol throughout the world of Barcelona.
Parc Güell: Eusebi Güell wants to create a stylish park for the aristocracy of Barcelona and Gaudí was built for him. It has the most beautiful buildings, statues, and tile work you’ve ever seen, and a small museum, which is Gaudis’s old home. UNESCO declared Parc Guell a World Heritage site in 1984.
Casa Batllo: known for its decoration and form comes from intricate nature. It seems to have ordered bones and skulls. This beautiful building is located on Passeig de Gracia, one of the biggest commercial streets of Barcelona.
Casa Milá: it is know as La Pedrera because of its cliff like façade. It was built for the Milá family between 1906 and 1910 and was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO IN 1984. It balcony resembles seaweed and undulating sea walls.
There are a number of Gaudi’s lesser-known works that you must not miss such as the giant fountain (Parc de la Cuitadella), the Three Graces Fountain (Plaça Reial) and the amazing wrought iron road adorning the line lights that the streets in the heart of the city
Gaudí died in Barcelona run over by the tram on 10 June 1926.
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