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GAUDI, Antoni GAUDI biography by Senses-ArtNouveau.com



Spanish architect and crafts artist

Antoni Gaudí I Cornet studied and practiced architecture in Barcelona, Spain. He was influenced by the romantic movement "La Renaixença Catalan" and in 1890 he proceeded to Modernismo, the Catalan version of Art Nouveau and Jugendstil.

Antoni Gaudi I Cornet's portrait

One of his first commissions was the project management and construction in 1883 of the cathedral "La Sagrada Familia" in Barcelona.

First started in gothic style, the structure was later designed and built with great artistic freedom, in order to seem an organic part of nature. Very religious, Gaudí took on this huge visionary work all his life, but the cathedral remained unfinished after his death.
In 1885, he collaborated with textile manufacturer Eusebio Güell, who will later become his friend and his patron, as he commissioned him to build the Güell house and gardens.

Influenced by Art Nouveau, Gaudí wanted to realize a major utopia, which he described as an architecture without square angles. His modernist buildings, furniture and crafts objects are fascinating for their unusual structural forms, covered by multi-colored mosaics.

His works were symbols of artistic renewal and experimentation, characterized by mauresque elements or bizarre ornamental details. Very popular today, the style of Gaudí was very different from the works of his contemporaries and had a provocative approach, which caused incomprehension toward his work during his lifetime.

Casa Milà or La Pedrera by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona

Major works:

La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Barcelona, Spain (1889-1926)
Palacio Güell, Barcelona (1885-1889)
Parco Güell, Barcelona (1900-1914)
Casa Milà (la Pedrera), Barcelona (1905-1907)

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