As years pass by, people will meet someone who will mark their lives forever. That’s exactly what Eusebi Güell did with Antoni Gaudí, one of the greatest architects that Barcelona has ever seen. The impact Eusebi had on Gaudí’s life is pretty significant and cannot be easily forgotten, but we need to know more about the First Count of Güell.
A gaze through the life of Eusebi Güell
Eusebi Güell was born in Barcelona city during the 19th century. He was the son of one of the richest men in Spain, Joan Güell I Ferrer, and Francesca Bacigalupi I Dolcer, who was from Genoa and was part of an old merchant family.
Thanks to his roots, Eusebi grew up with one thing in mind, and that was to keep his father’s business alive. But there was something else, Eusebi had a notorious interest in art.
This was pretty common in the past as so many artists were creating unique artworks around the world. In the case of Eusebi, the art was closer than he thought.
Güell found a well-known “artist” called Antoni Gaudí, whom he met during a visit to Paris after the World Fair in 1878.
Eusebi Güell was amazed with Gaudí’s work. And thanks to that, he became the “Mediciesque” of Antoni Gaudí, and this led to countless collaborations that helped Gaudí become one of the most influential “artists” that Spain, especially Barcelona, has ever seen.
Gaudí and Güell collaborations
Eusebi Güell took Antoni Gaudí as his personal collaborator. He had in mind notable buildings that he wanted to create, and once he saw the work of Gaudí, he knew that he could rely on his talent to build what he had in mind. But something they maybe didn’t know back then was that Gaudí’s collaboration with Güell will become famous architectural wonders worldwide. And even though there are not so many artworks, the ones that have lasted are enough to be part of the history. These I’ll mention are part of the Barcelona Activities anyone can do while they´re visiting the city:
- Colònia Güell, located at Santa Coloma de Cervelló, Barcelona.
- Park Güell, located in Barcelona.
- Palau Güell, located in Barcelona.
- Pabellones Güell de Pedralbes, located in Barcelona.
- Bodega Güell, located in Garraf, Barcelona.
As it is well known, back in the day most people didn’t seem to like what Gaudí was creating. People thought Gaudi’s architecture was somehow weird for others, and as Gaudí didn’t keep just one style all over his life, this seemed to be a shock for people at the time. However, Güell didn’t just “like” the work from Gaudí, he respected it and understood it.
Eusebi Güell´s mark in Barcelona
People might be guessing that the only mark that Güell left in Barcelona was few architectural pieces. That’s not completely true, but it is possible to say that his legacy has been somehow forgotten.
Back in the days, Güell took his father’s spot. He became rich at a very young age thanks to being such an important piece in the company, which was mostly related to textile activities, and he kept it for years until he died.
Eusebi Güell was a very respected person, and thanks to his work alongside Gaudí, he became a more important person in Barcelona. He even became a Count, the first one of his family, and it was King Alfonso XII who ennobled him in 1908.
Therefore, we cannot talk about Gaudí’s work without talking about Eusebi Güell, his collaborator and life-lasting friend.
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