Are you a Gaudí fan? Test your skills
Antoni Gaudí is in style and a proof is that his works, from the spectacular Sagrada Família to the picturesque Park Güell, are appealing to more and more people every year. As written in a previous article, it looks that it is time for Art Nouveau because the Art Nouveau Jewerly is also in fashion again.
Next, we show you 18 pictures of architecture works. Some are from Gaudí himself and others are from coetanoeous 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?
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.
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.
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
--> Solution to the quiz above: -------> 1, 2, 7, 10, 12, 16 and 17 are from Gaudí -------> 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15 and 18 are not from Gaudí --> If you want to learn more about Art Nouveau and you have an Instagram account, CLICK HERE and enjoy our informative account.