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Modernism architecture in Barcelona

Modernism architecture in Barcelona

Barcelona's society wanted to see great changes and make great advances, in every field. The great Catalan international exhibitions, like the huge industrial exhibition of 1888 in Barcelona, demonstrated this national pride.


Casa Batllo - Gaudi - Barcelona

Casa Batllo - Gaudi - Barcelona

Three buildings of the early 1880's seem to mark the beginnings of Modernism : The publishing house of Montaner i Simon(1880), Josep Vilaseca's factory for F. Vidal (1884) and  Gaudi's Casa Vicens (1883). All three flow from a revival of a Spanish style: the neo-Mudejar, with the use of Moorish decorative forms and techniques as characteristics. Modernism seems to have begun earlier and ended later than in most countries in Europe.



The Modernist architects expressed themselves in different ways, some wanted to revive Romanesque architecture, others imported the French neo-Gothicism of Violet le Duc, others still searching for a modern style in Germany, Austria or France. What seems to be characteristic is the use of nature-forms: flowers, plants and animals, decorative forms in ironwork, ceramics and stained glass. The aim was to create a modern art based on Catalan traditions, mixed with the use of new materials, like cast and wrought iron.


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donald (13 Jul 2017 - 16:50)
Can't wait ti visit Casa Vicens, the only masterpiece of Gaudi I don't know yet!
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  1. Casa Vicens - donald (13 Jul 2017 - 16:50)

    Can't wait ti visit Casa Vicens, the only masterpiece of Gaudi I don't know yet!

  2. Barcelona - Michael (22 Dec 2015 - 10:50)

    Paseo de Gracia is the most. Barcelona is beautiful and has many places to visit but Paseo de Gracia is an avenue that leads from the city center and is full of restaurants and best shops. There you can find casa battllo and pedrera monument.

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