Gaudi : A Biography
Gijs van HensbergenISBN: 0060935634;
Amazon.comThe sinuous forms and lavish decorations of Antonio Gaudi (1852-1926) broke the mold in architecture. "His imagination burnt holes through the musty pattern books," writes Gijs van Hensbergen. "His gift was an amazing capacity to imagine abuilding and then transform it into reality." Gaudi's fantastical creations give Barcelona an appearance unlike any other city in the world. One of the paradoxes that informs his many-layered biography is that this most original of architects was politically conservative and profoundly Catholic, fired by the desire to celebrate the history and culture of his native Catalonia. Hensbergen, author of books on art deco and travel in Spain, devotes a good deal of his book to situating Gaudi's life and thought within the context of Catalonian traditions, particularly the 19th-century Renaixenca, which sought to revive the region's language (Catalan) and to affirm its national identity against the Spanish government's desire to...
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