As one of the most innovative voices at the dawn of the twentieth century, Spanish designer Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) revolutionized the possibilities of materiality in architecture. This remarkable spirit resonates through Antoni Gaudí, a marvelous volume on the artist now available on Musebooks.
Born in Catalonia near the midpoint of the nineteenth century, Gaudí came of age during some of the most dynamic years of emergent design philosophy wherein discussions of aesthetics and materiality loomed large and the ideals of the Art Nouveau era were firmly in place. Proud of his Catalonian heritage yet also intrigued by such modern thinking, Gaudí began to cultivate his own architectural style that played with materials and incorporated organic, curvilinear forms and vibrant colors. In his earliest projects, such as the Casa Vicens commissioned in 1877, Gaudí borrowed from earlier Moorish traditions while also contemplating the modern city’s relationship to space to debut his own style, one that would continue to grow in acclaim over the subsequent decades. With the organic oscillations of Barcelona’s Casa Batlló (remodeled in 1904) and his monumental masterwork, la Sagrada Familia (begun 1883 yet still incomplete at the time of his death), Gaudí revealed to the world the power of experimental architecture that relied upon the brilliance of nature to become modern landmarks.
These key projects as well as others fill the pages of Antoni Gaudí, which recounts the master’s methodologies both in architectural and furniture designs. Adding essential context to emphasize Gaudí’s pivotal role in the forward march of design aesthetics, this volume is a marvelous selection for those interested in modern architecture and its innovators.