Gaudi: A Biography

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Harper Collins, Nov 4, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages

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 outrageous. But little is known about the shadowy figure behind the swirling, vivid buildings that inspired the Surrealists.

This masterful biography brings both man and architect powerfully to life against the changing backdrop of Barcelona 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 today.

 

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Contents

People of Space and Circumstance
1
Voices in the Desert
15
The Architectural Apprentice
46
Views of Heaven and the Harem
66
The Holy Fathers
83
Towards a New Jerusalem
112
In Paradisum
142
The Beleaguered Fort
159
The Sheltering Cave
184
The Setmana Tragica
200
A Thrown Pebble
214
The Cathedral of the Poor
244
notes
273
bibliography
297
index
311
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About the author (2003)

Gijs Van Hensbergen lectures in architecture and is the author of Art Deco and of the highly acclaimed travel book A Taste of Castille. He lives in Dorset, England.

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