Architectural Studies

National Romanticism & Catalan Modernisme



Gaudi & Catalan Modernisme

As with the Art Nouveau architecture of France, colorful and vibrant architecture embracing new forms and materials emerged in Spain, most notably as the regional style of Catalan Modernisme in Barcelona, the leading city of the northeastern region of Catalonia. The style, which spans many arts, including literature (especially poetry) and music (especially choral music), is perhaps above all linked with architectural expression. Emerging around the time of the first World’s Fair to be held in Spain, the 1888 Barcelona Universal Exposition, the style is best-known through the designs of Antoni Gaudí.

“God’s Architect” (60 Minutes, 2013, 14 mins.):

Casa Mila (Architecture, ARTE France, 25 mins.):



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