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And Catalonia Gijs van Hensbergen leads us through the design and construction of Gaudí’s most significant buildings revealing their innovation and complexity and demonstrating the growing relevance of Gaudí’s architecture toda. This biography sets out not to be a hagiography of the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaud Towards the end it does become a bit hagiographic waxing elouent on Sagrada Fam lia s expressive spirituality and framing Gaud s death almost as a near martyrdom Otherwise Hensbergen does a fabulous job tracing Gaud s life from it humble beginnings through to both its highs and lows I was particularly impressed with how Hensbergen portrays the great architect as a human person blessed with great gifts and talent and as one with its foibles and faults It deserves better illustrations and in colour however The black and white drawings in the text are wonderful and does a great job of the reader understanding how Gaud was seen and understood by his contemporaries

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Gaudi A Biography

At the time of his death in 1926 Antoni Gaudí was arguably the most famous architect in the world He had created some of the greatest and most controversial masterpieces of modern architecture which were as exotic as they were outra. I bought this in Barcelona in 2005 and it s sat on my shelf ever since waiting for the right time to be read This summer s family holiday to Barcelona and Girona felt the right time It was a dry read and very factual by circumstances a lot of Gaudi s own writings have been lost It gallops through his life detailing his birth school years and professional life in perfunctory detail and introduced me to some of his works I was unfamiliar with but in terms of understanding the man identifying his inspirations and sources it was sadly lacking Would I recommend it No Read a brief online biog then go see his works

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Geous But little is known about the shadowy figure behind the swirling vivid buildings that inspired the SurrealistsThis masterful biography brings both man and architect powerfully to life against the changing backdrop of Barcelona. I ve toured many of his pieces The tours provided insight into the designs and their meaning This book was a historical account of Gaudi Barcelona Not much text about the process or the inspiration


10 thoughts on “Gaudi A Biography

  1. says:

    Van Hensbergen's ambitious biography of Antoni Gaudi attempts to contextualize the social religious and political atmosphere of Barcelona and Catalan to elucidate the personality and motivations of Gaudi and his art While informative the author's focus on the nationalistic and Catholic roots of Gaudi's designs does not go far enough in adeuately explaining the eclectic and fantastical elements of his work Gaudi lived the life of a fervent

  2. says:

    I bought this in Barcelona in 2005 and it’s sat on my shelf ever since waiting for the right time to be read This summer’s family holiday to Barcelona and Girona felt the right time It was a dry read and very factual by circumstances a lot of Gaudi’s own writings have been lost It gallops through his life detailing his birth school years and professional life in perfunctory detail and introduced me to som

  3. says:

    You need to a have an understanding of architectural styles and possess a deep knowledge of Catholicism to really appreciate this biography I ha

  4. says:

    If you intend to read Gaudi A Biography by Gijs van Hensbergenthis book be sure to obtain a copy ofGaudi by Pere Vivas Photographer published by Triangle booksThe photos are necessary to fully understand the biographyIf you prefer only one boo

  5. says:

    Fantastic to learn about the human behind the architecture Reading this was a task though Full of Catalan history and words which are difficult to process Fascinating story about the architect Antoni Gaudi

  6. says:

    I’ve toured many of his pieces The tours provided insight into the designs and their meaning This book was a historical account of Gaudi’ B

  7. says:

    This is a review of the two perfect books to read before you travel to Barcelona to see Gaudi Antonio Gaudi Master Architect by Juan Bassegoda Nonell Gaudi A Biography by Gijs van HensbergenI approached both books with two uestions in mind 1 What about Gaudi's work could have drawn the love and admiration of the Japanese in the way it seems to do At first glance the two traditions seem to have little in common and yet in Japan the

  8. says:

    This was a difficult read for me and I had to put it down for a while and read something else But I returned to it and slogged my way through it It was not until page 186 that I really got into it and was able to follow the narrative flow Like

  9. says:

    This biography sets out not to be a hagiography of the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí Towards the end it does become a bit hagiographic waxing elouent on Sagrada Família’s expressive spirituality and framing Gaudí’s death almost as a near martyrdom Otherwise Hensbergen does a fabulous job tracing Gaudí’s li

  10. says:

    i don’t usually like biographies apparently not enough biogs are about remarkable surrealist visions railing against city councils when they

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