Are you a Gaudí fan? Test your skills
Antoni Gaudí is very popular architect and a proof of that is that his works, from the spectacular Sagrada Família to the picturesque Park Güell, are appealing to more and more people every year.He was a Catalan architect who has become internationally recognised as one of the most prodigious experts in his discipline, as well as one of the top exponents of modernism. His exceptional ground-breaking genius made him the inventor of a unique, personal and incomparable architectural language that defies classification.
Next, we show you 30 pictures of architecture works. Some are from Gaudí himself and others are from contemporaries architects of the Art Nouveau – Belle Époque in countries as distant as Hungary, Russia or France. Only a small percentage of the people can distinguish which are Gaudí’s works. Are you one of them?
Gaudí has the same pronunciation as the Catalan verb ‘gaudir’, which means ‘to enjoy’. Enjoy the quiz!
Can you figure out which buildings were designed by Gaudí and which were not?
(solution at the end of the article)
Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), the leading figure of Modernisme, Catalan equivalent to Art Nouveau. His greatest works reflect a unique style that transcended individual architectural styles and movements and most of them were built in or near Barcelona, only two of them outside Catalonia (in the Spanish Cantabria and León provinces). As many as 7 have been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
On the day that Gaudí finished his architecture studies, Elies Rogent, the school’s director, left a premonitory phrase: “We have given the title to a crazy person or a genius, only time will tell.” And time has said that the young man born in Reus -some say in a nearby village called Riudoms- on June 25, 1852, has been not only a genius of architecture, but also one of the most universal Catalan characters, like Dalí o Miró. His works, of perennial originality, are intrinsically tied to Barcelona, the city where Gaudí’s family moved to live when he was just an adolescent and he became a benchmark in world architecture.
Gaudí preferred the organic swirling curves of nature to man-made straight lines. He rarely ever used straight lines in any of his works.
The architect was a keen recycler, using broken industrial tiles to decorate Park Güell or using broken cava bottles to decorate the top of some of the chimneys on the rooftop of La Pedrera (Casa Milà). The Milà family, owners of the house, were not enthusiastic about the idea because they thought that it did not represent their social status, so that’s why this recycling material only appears in a few chimneys.
Antoni Gaudí, probably the most famous and admired Catalan architect, was influenced by other architects and has been an inspiration for other architects as well. More info about his life in Wikipedia. Interesting to know, Gaudí was hit by a tram in 1926 at the age of 73. Because of his shabby appearance, no one recognised him as the famous architect—rather they believed him to be just another homeless man. The police finally intervened, taking him to a hospital for the poor, where he died 3 days later.
Covid-19 will delay Sagrada Família’s completition one or two years. More information HERE.
Here you can read some quotes attributed to Antoni Gaudí
Tomorrow we will do beautiful things
There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners
The straight line belongs to Men. The curved line belongs to God
Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic
Nothing is art if it does not come from nature
But man does not create…he discovers
Originality consists of returning to the origin. Thus, originality means returning, through one’s resources, to the simplicity of the early solutions
Nothing is invented, for it’s written in nature first
Everything comes from the great book of nature
Originality consists in returning to the origin
The below artworks are the most important hidden works by Antoni Gaudí – that both overview the major creative periods, and highlight the greatest achievements by the artist. Casa Vicens (1877-83) Palau Güell (1886 – 88) Colònia Güell (1890 – 1918) and all of them are included in some of the Art Nouveau tours available in artnouveau.club.
--> Solution to the quiz above: -------> ODD are from Gaudí - 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 & 29. -------> PAIRS are not from Gaudí - 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 & 30. --> If you want to learn more about Art Nouveau and you have an Instagram account, CLICK HERE and enjoy our informative account.
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An amazing Instagram account that we found is from Antoni Gaudí, also displaying other Art Nouveau Catalan artists, we found it very interesting: https://www.instagram.com/antoni_gaudi
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Antoni Gaudí was an extremely individualist and original creator. He pushed the boundaries on what was and was not permitted when it came to building construction during the late 1800’s and early 1900s.
Gaudí’s influence has been profound and far-reaching, and has made a lasting and visible impact on the streets of Barcelona.
Gaudi spent a great deal of time outdoors. He was fascinated by nature and, when he was 27, he joined the Centre Excursionista de Catalunya, a group of people who explored the countryside of Catalonia and the south of France. Antoni Gaudi did not like to draw plans for his buildings. He preferred to build 3D models of them to create a more accurate portrayal of what he was seeing in his mind.