If you are someone from Barcelona, the name Antoni Gaudí shouldn’t sound weird to you. But if you´re visiting the city, this name will come around a lot, so I’ll explain a little bit about this genius mind.
Antoni Gaudi is one of the most famous architects that Barcelona has ever seen. While walking around the city, you will see some of the work Gaudí created throughout his career. If you feel curious already, then you came to the right place.
Short story on who was Antoni Gaudí.
The hero of this story was born in Reus, Tarragona back in June 25th, 1852. The youngest of 5 siblings, which only became adults 3 of them. Living in his hometown made him love nature in a very profound way, most of all his summers in Mas de la Calderera, the family house for holidays.
Is believed the trigger for Gaudí´s artistic mind was born directly at home. With more than 5 generations of manufacturers of copper, Gaudí learned the work pretty well and gave him a perspective of large spaces, shapes, and materials, which he used a posteriori in the work we see nowadays.
He did his first studies in his hometown, and later on, in 1868 he moved to Barcelona to study mid-school. In 1878 was the time for military service, but since he was always ill, these conditions avoid him to go to the Third “Carlista” war and gave him the opportunity to continue his studies.
Modernism influence in Gaudí´s career.
For people wondering about the style Gaudí used during his career, we can say it is a bit complicated. Antoni Gaudí loved to experiment with different styles, and therefore, he has various works where people can see the variety of his vision.
During his university life, he experimented with a style that was common during the 1870 decade, which was MODERNISM, which he kept practicing and improving. Works like “Cemetery Gate,” “University Assemble Hall,” and “Fountain in Plaça Catalunya ” were some of his projects back in the student days.
During his university life, he started working with and for extraordinary people as well. Such as Joan Martorell, Francisco de Paula del Villar Lozano, Leandre Serrallach, and many others. These collaborations helped Antoni Gaudí build his style while working with them in critical architectonic projects such as Palacio de Sobrellano designed by Joan Martorell, which later enabled Gaudi to become famous.
But things didn’t stop there. Gaudí kept working for years and years, creating new and vital buildings that nowadays are part of Barcelona’s history.
And, before we forget it, Gaudí didn’t only work with architectural projects, there are some minor pieces that people can see while walking through Barcelona’s streets, like lampposts, furniture, and even an elevator!!!!.
All of these artworks were made by the sui generis style that Gaudí had. That means that everything he made, had a unique touch that only he could deliver.
Gaudi´s works are only in Barcelona?
Even though we are talking a lot about Barcelona, Antoni Gaudí made such an impact that his works can be seen in other places such as Mataró, Astorga, and León leaving a legacy that gives us now the chance to see, whom most people think is, one of the greatest Spanish architects ever lived.
But, to be fair, most pieces of his work can be found in Barcelona, alongside his Magnum Opus, La Sagrada Familia. The Sagrada Familia Basilica is not a hundred percent Gaudi´s work, as he died during the building process, other architects were involved and still are. Important names like Catalonian Josep Maria Subirachs and Japanese Etsuro Sotoo are on the list of genius minds that left their legacy in the church. Yet, it is worth remembering that most of the work came from his mind, and it’s the purest representation of what his evolution as an architect looked like.
But, there’s also another place that Antoni Gaudí created and is considered one of the most important places in Barcelona as well, Park Güell, one of the most impressive Gaudi architectonic works. I must say it looks like a fairy tale place.
Gaudí’s significant projects and where to find them:
We already said that most of his work is in the city of Barcelona, but we can find some of his art in other places, let’s say even provinces!
So here’s a shortlist in case you are looking for these places to visit in your next trip:
- Casa Vicens, Barcelona.
- Güell Palace, Barcelona.
- Casa Milà, Barcelona.
- Casa Batlló, Barcelona.
- Park Güell, Barcelona.
- Bellesguard Tower, Barcelona.
- Sagrada Familia, Barcelona.
- Rosary of Montserrat, Barcelona. (Collaboration)
- Bodegas Güell, Barcelona.
- Colonia Güell, Barcelona.
- Episcopal Astorga Palace, Astorga.
- Casa Botines, León.
Once you have gotten into the city, you will breathe and see Gaudi almost everywhere. But, don’t take it as something that will bother people, as enjoying the work from Gaudí is a pretty unique experience in Barcelona.
Are Gaudí works worth visiting?
Let’s set a perspective to answer this question. Imagine that you are going to Paris. What’s something that you must see while being there? Eiffel Tower. If you don’t go there, then you can say that your visit was not complete.
The same happens once you are in Barcelona. Again, you will need to visit at least one of Gaudí’s artwork to enjoy what the city has prepared for you entirely.
In case you don´t know how Gaudi´s arts look like, check on our Insta and you be amazed by so much fantasy.
Thanks so much for your time, I hope you´ve enjoyed it as much as I did while writing this post.
See you in my next post!