Developed between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, coinciding with a period of far-reaching technological and social changes, Modernisme was a unique artistic movement that left an undelible mark on Barcelona architecture.
Considered the Catalan equivalent of Art Nouveau, Catalan Modernism (also known as Modernisme) sought to transfer beauty to all elements of daily life. The main characteristics of Modernisme were the use of nature as a source of inspiration, the emphasis on craftsmanship, the taste for symbolic language and the fascination for female figures. The use of the curved line and the fascination with exotic cultures also characterized this new artistic genre which in the north of Europe was developed by artists such as Gustav Klimt and Alfons Mucha.
Due to its integrating vision of art, Modernisme ended up influencing all variety of disciplines, such as literature, music and sculpture. In modernist painting, Santiago Rusiñol and Ramon Casas are figures that particularly stand out, who were the driving forces behind the tavern Els Quatre Gats, while in architecture Modernisme reached its maximum splendour with the likes of Antoni Gaudí, Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Lluis Domènech i Montaner and Josep Maria Jujol, who completely transformed the urban landscape of Barcelona with works such as La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, Casa Amatller, Casa Lleó i Morera, Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, universal icons of modernist architecture.
The creators of Modernisme counted on the unconditional support of the flourishing Catalan bourgeoisie, who used this movement to express their social and political aspirations. This meant that dozens of architects, sculptors and craftsmen could work with total liberty, giving free rein to their imagination in order to create unique modernist works that would end up converting into signs of identity of an era marked by its desire for progress and renewal.
These books devoted to Modernisme will bring you closer to the most emblematic works of this artistic trend. Within their pages, you will be able to explore the legacy of the major names of modernist architecture, such as Gaudí, Puig i Cadalfach and Domènech i Montaner. The books published by Dosde Publishing will provide you with all the key information about this movement that transformed the architecture of Barcelona. Discover Modernisme from a new angle.