Gaudi The Architect From Barcelona
This is a brass coloured metal fridge magnet souvenir depicting Gaudi's architecture from Barcelona Spain. Antoni Gaudi was an architect from Catalonia, Spain, who belonged to the Modernisme (Art Nouveau) movement and was famous for his unique style and highly individualistic designs. Gaudi, as an architecture student at the Escola Tecnica Superior d'Arquitectura in Barcelona from 1873 to 1877, achieved only mediocre grades but did well in his "trial drawings and projects." After five years of work, he was awarded the title of architect in 1878. As he signed Gaudi's title, Elies Rogent declared, "Who knows if we have given this diploma to a nut or to a genius. Time will tell." Antoni Gaudi i Cornet was a figurehead of Catalan Modernism. Gaudi's works reflect his highly individual and distinctive style and are largely concentrated in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, notably his magnum opus, the Sagrada Familia. Gaudi's work enjoys widespread international appeal and many studies are devoted to understanding his architecture.
Multiskilled With New Techniques
Gaudi studied every detail of his creations, integrating into his architecture a series of crafts - ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork forging and carpentry. He introduced new techniques in the treatment of materials, such as trencadis, made of waste ceramic pieces. After a few years under the influence of neo-Gothic art and Oriental techniques, Gaudi became part of the Catalan Modernista movement which was reaching its peak in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His work transcended mainstream Modernisme, culminating in an organic style inspired by nature. Gaudi rarely drew detailed plans of his works, instead preferring to create them as three-dimensional scale models and molding the details as he was conceiving them. Today, his work finds admirers among architects and the general public alike. His masterpiece, the still-uncompleted Sagrada Familia, is one of the most visited monuments in Spain. Between 1984 and 2005, seven of his works were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Gaudi's Roman Catholic faith intensified during his life and religious images permeate his work. This earned him the nickname "God's Architect" and led to calls for his beatification.