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Antoni Gaudí

  • One of the last photographs of the architect Antonio Gaudí, taken during the Corpus Christi procession. Barcelona, 1926 © EFE

    One of the last photographs of the architect Antonio Gaudí, taken during the Corpus Christi procession. Barcelona, 1926 © EFE

  

Speciality

Architecture

 

 

Date of birth

Jun 25, 1852

Date of death

Jun 10, 1926
  


"Architect. He was the key figure of modernist architecture in Spain. He also designed the decorative elements that formed part of his constructions.
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Born in Reus (Tarragona) in 1852, he was trained as an architect at the Provincial School of Barcelona. He worked with Josep Fontseré on the construction of the church of Montserrat and the Cascade in the Parque de la Ciudadela park in Barcelona. La Casa Vicens was his first major construction, and showed a clear Islamic influence. The influence of Muslim architecture is also evident in "El capricho" (1883), a villa located in Comillas (Santander). His relationship with Joan Martorell allowed him to begin the direction of what was to be his monumental work, the Sagrada Familia Church, in 1883. He dedicated 43 years of his life to it. At the same time he designed the Güell Park, the Casa Batlló and “La Pedrera”, all notable examples of his art. He died in Barcelona on 10 June, 1926.
 

Essential works

  • Confidente. Barcelona © National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)

    Confidente

    This is a piece of furniture conceived as a work of art, albeit without forsaking its utility, which sublimates the prolific, inventive capacity of the architect, Gaudí.

    National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) (Barcelona)

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  • Façade of the Casa Botines building © Casa Botines. Fundación España-Duero

    Casa Botines House

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  • Gaudí’s 'Capricho' monument. Comillas, Cantabria © Turespaña

    Gaudí’s “Capricho” Monument

    The design of this building by Gaudí combines music and architecture.

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  • Detail of façade of the College of Las Teresianas. Barcelona

    Colegio de las Teresianas House

    Gaudí did not start the work, but when he accepted it, he was faced with a project already under way and the floor plan in place. Only an architect of his genius could turn it into such an extraordinary and functional building within two years and on a very tight budget.

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  • View of the Episcopal Palace. Astorga, León.

    Gaudí’s palace

    Es el Palacio Episcopal de Astorga, un edificio proyectado por el arquitecto español Antoni Gaudí, máximo exponente del modernismo catalán.

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