Antoni Gaudi - Architect Extraordinaire  

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1/28/2006 5:32 pm

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Antoni Gaudi - Architect Extraordinaire

Another of my all time favorites and powerful influences was the Catalan (Spanish) Architect from whom the actual word gaudi is directly derived.

Antoni Gaudi was born adjacent to Barcelona in 1852. He died in 1926 after being hit by a car while he was out on an evening walk. He lived a life completely and utterly dedicated to architecture. So that he might do this most fully he never married or had children. He was not considered the best student but this mainly had to do with the fact that he had little care for following conventions and despite his low grades he did in fact get a rock solid foundation in the rudimentary basics and essentials of formal architecture.

Also he was a staunch nationalist. Not for the country of Spain though but for Catalonia. Since Catalonia had been taken from the Romans by the Visigoths in the the 5th century Catalonia associated that period of their independence from Rome with the traditional Gothic style of architecture that developed there during that period. In more modern times the situation concerning Catalonia being under the governance of Spain had become somewhat similar to the old situation in which Ireland had become ruled by England and had to suppress much of it's own Celtic roots and culture. Only in this case it was Catalonia who's native language and culture was becoming usurped by Castillian (Spanish) rule.

So there was a somewhat political and nationalistic statement being made by Gaudi in his extensive usage (albeit quite bent from the original) of tradional Gothic architectural form and motif in his work. But to define Gaudi as a gothic architect is way too limiting of a label to put on him. He mixed and matched and combined and reformed any and all styles of architecture he could get is hands on.

Unlike most architects he had a great sense for nature and the "organic" and this was quite evident in the many rounded forms of his work and you would never say that his stuff had "a shoebox quality". And the level of detail he put into the whole of his buildings right down the last mosaic-like spec of "hallucinatory" (psychedelic-like) tile fragments he often used is insane. Each building is like a living breathing work of art inside and out. Literally they are no less than that.

All of his major works are in the city of Barcelona. If you can manage it go see them in person. You won't regret it.


rm_FreeLove999 46F
16127 posts
1/28/2006 9:44 pm

WOW! i hope i get to see them one day....

[blog freelove999]

MaggiesWishes 59F

1/28/2006 10:03 pm

Just beautiful ... sweet darlin'.

I love good artwork!
warm wishes

tillerbabe 55F

1/28/2006 10:34 pm

Beautiful! (I love rebels): "He was not considered the best student but this mainly had to do with the fact that he had little care for following conventions and despite his low grades he did in fact get a rock solid foundation in the rudimentary basics and essentials of formal architecture.' Just like Einstien!

PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
1/28/2006 11:00 pm

I just love Gaudí, and I love Barcelona even more... Maybe I'll blog about that later this week if nothing gets in the way.

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma

jadedbabe78 105F

1/29/2006 8:53 am

Absolutely fabulous. I love architecture. Hopefully I'll be able to see these one day.


1/29/2006 4:21 pm

hey freelove,

Your statement makes it sound like you may not have heard of Gaudi before now. is that true? I'm not being critical in that question I'm just curious



1/29/2006 4:26 pm

Hey maggie,

I'm glad you like his stuff. That little composite picture I made doesn't even come close to showing how truly awesome that stuff is. And his interiors are equally as amazing. I should almost do another posting on him to show some views of that.



1/29/2006 4:47 pm

hey Tillerbabe!,

I don't see you around here so often but when I do I always perk up a bit.

you wrote...

Beautiful! (I love rebels): "He was not considered the best student but this mainly had to do with the fact that he had little care for following conventions and despite his low grades he did in fact get a rock solid foundation in the rudimentary basics and essentials of formal architecture.[/purple]' Just like Einstien!

And Igor Stravinski. I plan to soon do a posting on Stravinski. He was not considered adept enough at the piano to make etrance to the composers program at St. Petersburg conservatory but he was friends with the son of great composer Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov (of Sheherezade fame) and he saw Stravinski's great potential and mentored him privately.

Also remember that for good measure and overall balance it's always good to crank up a good and rude Dead Kennedy's song directly after listening to a Stravinski suite!



1/29/2006 4:55 pm

Hey PK!,

You are officially back as yourself again. I thought maybe you were banned for life. I did find both Celtic Karma and the even more mysterious Blue Leopard some interesting alternate characters.

I still want to see one of them sporting a femme fatal from outer space barbarella look.

So you've been to Barcelona? And hows the snow these days down in the Banana Republic?

Anyways glad to see you back.



1/29/2006 5:17 pm

Hey jadedbabe!

watched any C-SPAN while eating popcorn lately?

Yes, visit Barcelona some day and see Gaudi's architecture. Both art and travel are nuturing to the soul and spirit. Particularly when done together.

thanks so much for stopping by and please do so again soon.


rm_cockmerollme 45F
1223 posts
1/30/2006 11:59 pm

Well, alright ...he's good. I'll give ya that.

I'm always going to be a Mackintosh girl.

You really can't get better than Scottish architects.

Scotland the Brave!!!



1/31/2006 12:31 pm

Wow CockMe,

I had no clue that you might somewhat know your shit about Art Nouveau types of things. Yes the Glasgow school and particularly "Chuck" Mackintosh was a right smart fine contributor to the Art Nouveau movement.

I always thought their stuff was sort of a link between Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Their ornamental architectural metalwork and stained glass windows were really cool.

So if it's not Scottish it's crap right?

Do ya like drinkin Scotch Whiskey too? Laphroig is a good one.


HotSexyCupl 46M/42F

2/1/2006 1:45 pm

Isn't the Salvdor Dali Museum in Barcelona? Dali was Catalan

rm_cockmerollme 45F
1223 posts
2/2/2006 8:53 pm

I can't drink anything anymore.....the diabetes? Remember?

But I have to make one obnoxious correction...

It's "e"...the English did that shit.

And we always drank Jameson's .

Catholic Whisky.

I know, but it was drilled into me as a kid.
Mom from Scotland, Dad from Brooklyn.(Irish)

Which means "I like to drink, but I don't want to pay for it"

Old family joke.



2/5/2006 1:52 am

Don't drink due to diabetes do ya?

So is that prescription cookie dough that you get for that too?

When I was in Ireland I saw quite a lot of Paddy "Whiksy" drunk there and particpated drinking myself of course. Black Bush I thought was great. Plus the name is cool enough on it's own.

So I guess since a large portion of alcohol metabolizes straight into sugar that might wreak some havoc with blood sugar levels. If I drink hard liquor I get energetic rushes from it but that's most likely a sugar high from the metabolized alcohol.

Anyways you can bet that I'll soon be leaving some ridiculous stuff over on your blog.

PS: And I think ye olde Gaelic spelling for whisky is actually Uiscy. No joke.



2/19/2006 4:50 am

Sorry for the belated response HotSexyCupl,

I should know if the Salvador Dali museum is in Barcelona but I really don't.

Pardon me while I check.

There is a Dali Museum in St. Petersburg Florida and there are a grouping of three of them in Spain that are connected to Dali and his wife Gala.

The main one is in Figueres, his home town, which Dali himself started in 1970 and opened to the public in 1974. It is an old theater that he had converted into a museum.

Another is in Pubol and was a house or "castle" that he gave to his wife, lifes muse and inspiration Gala. This is the house that he lived in the last part of his life and the house in which he finally died.

The one most recently opened to the public (in 1997) in the Coastal city of Portlligat and is composed of a cluster of fisherman's huts which were slowly accumulated by Dali and Gala. This is where Dali created many of most famous works.


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