Antoni Gaudi (1852-1928) was a builder by instinct and by practice, fanciful and baroque in his sensibility, in love with the bright colours and plastic forms of the Mediterranean tradition. Despite his considerable contributions, Gaudi was an isolated figure in the architecture of the modern era. Critics were slow to recognize the prophetic value of his work, owing to the difficulty in reconciling it with the development of the Modern Movement. Gaudi invented a new form of modernism that combined elements of art nouveau, Catalan nationalism, Gothic Revival and his own relentlessly original imagination. His eclectic experience was made possible by special historical circumstances such as the economic prosperity of Barcelona and the existence of highly skilled craftsmen in Catalonia. This volume covers Gaudi's work in systematic fashion, from the Guell Palace to the park of the same name, and finally to his unfinished masterpiece, the church of the Sagrada Familia. Author Juan Jose Lahuerta devotes an attentive critical re-examination of the architect's work through a thorough analysis of his designs and writings.
- Hardback | 346 pages
- 250 x 280 x 25.4mm | 2,063.85g
- 25 Mar 2004
- Electa Architecture
- London, United Kingdom
- w. numerous ill. (partly col.)
Table of contents
Bourgeois and gentlemen - Verdaguer, Gaudi, and the symbolic production of the haute bourgeoise of Barcelona, 1878-1888; a sober totem - the palace of Eusebi Guell - symbol, myth, and structure; the oak and the dolmen - Park Guell - essential Catalan landscape, theatre, and sanctuary; redemptive Labour - Eusebi Guell and the "working spirit" - The Garraf work, the industrial colony, and the crypt; "Non est hic locus" - Gaudi and the political restoration of the church in Catalonia and Mallorca; temple and time - the role of the Sagrada Familia in the myth of Catalan conservatism; vanitas and escape - a "terrifying and consumable" architecture.