Today is the birthday of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. Antoni Plàcid Guillem Gaudí Cornet (to give him his full title) was born on this day in 1852 and died in 1926. It is unknown where exactly he was born, but it may have been either Reus or Riudoms (he was baptised the day after his birth in the church Sant Pere Apòstol in Reus, though he always stated his family was from Riudoms.
Anyone who has seen Gaudi’s architecture never forgets it. It is both beautiful yet playful and very very striking. Barcelona abounds with it. Gaudi is the best known Catalan Modernist, though he was briefly influenced by neo-Gothic art, he became part of the Catalan Modernista movement which was at its peak towards the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th.
Gaudi was inspired by nature and his work has an organic quality to it and shows his earlier oriental influences. He studied at the Llotja School and the Barcelona Higher school of architecture, graduating in 1878. He worked as a draughtsman to supplement his studies.
His first important commission was the Casa Vicens and after this success he received more commissions. At the Worlds Fair he impressed Catalan Industrialist Eusebi Güell. Gaudi was to work on future projects for Guell who became a firm friend an important patron and whom Gaudi did some of his most beautiful work for.
A lot has been written about this enigmatic architect and craftsman. He has left the world a beautiful legacy of architecture, and craftsmanship which shows such a purity of vision and just looking at it brings joy to the soul.
For more about this remarkable artist read here
Gaudi’s life and works here
All images from this fantastic site dedicated to the architect here