Books about Gaudí

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  • The Illustrated Biography of Antoni Gaudí

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  • The complete work of Antoni Gaudí

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  • The complete work of Antoni Gaudí

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  • The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

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  • Antoni Gaudí

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    Antoni Gaudí

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  • The basilica of Sagrada Familia

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  • Güell Palace

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    Güell Palace

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  • Casa Batlló

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    Casa Batlló

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  • La Pedrera

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    La Pedrera

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  • Park Güell

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  • Casa Batlló

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  • The Caprice - Villa Quijano

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Books about Gaudí

Controversial and frequently analysed, Antoni Gaudí is today considered one of the most important architects in history and one of the maximum exponents of Catalan Modernism (Modernisme). He was an enigmatic character, who demonstrated his boundless creativity by devising some of the most original works of all times.

 

The books on Gaudí published by Dosde allow us to get closer to the extensive legacy of this indisputable reference of architecture. Dosde's works allow us to discover the different sides of an absolute visionary, who, guided by his desire to excel, managed to break all the conventions of the period with works as revolutionary as the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, today worthy of the admiration of experts and lay people from all over the world.

 

 

Gaudí's life

Antoni Gaudí i Cornet was born on the 25th of June in 1852 in Reus, one of the most important cities in the south of Catalonia. From 1868, the architect resided in Barcelona, where he completed his studies and developed most of his successful professional career, marked by the relationship with figures such as the industrialist Eusebi Güell, who converted into his main patron.

Just as our books on Gaudí explain, when he embarked on his career he was very much influenced by Oriental and Medieval styles, but with time he developed his own style, where he managed to distance himself from the rest of those working within the Catalan Modernism (Modernisme) genre.

Owing to his groundbreaking constructive ideas, Gaudí often came up against the incomprehension of his contemporaries. In fact, after his death in 1927, Gaudí would be forgotten by the new generations, and not until the latter half of the 20th century would the architect's legacy be appreciated all around the world.

At present, Gaudí is one of the most respected architects of all time, to the degree that seven of his works are included in the Unesco World Heritage Site list.

 

 

The works of Gaudí

The city of Barcelona is home to the majority of Gaudí's major works, such as Casa Batlló, Park Güell, la Pedrera –also known as Casa Milà–, Güell Palace, Casa Vicens, Casa Calvet, Finca Güell and, of course, the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia– mistakingly referred to by some as Gaudí's cathedral–. All of Gaudí's works in Barcelona, added to other striking buildings planned by the major architects of the period, make up the “Ruta Modernista” (Modernist Route) of Barcelona, one of the main attractions of the Catalan capital,  a priceless architectonic heritage that is all beautifully presented in the books on Gaudí by Dosde.

 

But Antoni Gaudí didn't just leave his mark in Barcelona. The architect also demonstrated his ingenuity in different parts of Spain by means of different projects of a great artistic value that also ended up turning into icons of modernist architecture. In Comillas (Cantabria), he carried out one of his first works, Villa Quijano, better known as the Caprice, while in the province of Leon he designed the Episcopal Palace of Astorga and Casa Botines. Likewise, Gaudí carried out the refurbishment of the Mallorca Cathedral and projected different buildings in Catalan towns near to Barcelona, such as the Güell Winecellars, located in Garraf, and the Artigas Gardens, in La Pobla de Lillet.

 

All these works constitute a reflection of Gaudí's life, a man that was ahead of his time and who was capable of revolutionizing the history of architecture thanks to his wild imagination and his total dedication to his work. The creator of the Sagrada Familia applied in each one of his works ideas that surpassed the aesthetic horizons of Modernisme and which were universalized with the passing of time.

 

 

Art and design

The life of Gaudí is marked by the evolution towards a personal and unclassificable architectonic style, inspired by the forms of nature. Today considered the maximum exponent of Modernisme, Gaudí integrated in his projects traditional decorative arts, paying special attention to stained glass windows, wrought iron work and ceramic work, and carried out revolutionary technical solutions, such as trencadís, one of Antoni Gaudí's great trademarks. Guided by this unifying vision of all the arts, the Catalan architect also carried forays into furniture design, the creation of models for sculptures and landscaping, areas in which Gaudí left his unmistakeable imprint.

 

As is demonstrated by our books on Gaudí, the architect completely did away with the borders between art and architecture in his projects, combining functional design with structural and decorative elements of great aesthetic value, often provided with a heavy symbolic load. Gaudí's capacity to transcend the strictly architectonic world largely explains the attraction of buildings such as the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and Park Güell, universal artistic icons that even today continue offering all variety of interpretations.