Gaudi and Barcelona: Photos of His Art and Architecture

There are no straight lines or corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners. -Antoni Gaudí

This month, I’m continuing a series on art I saw while I lived in Europe. Art and its rich legacy in architecture are present everywhere in Europe. And while there may be a difference between the two, in some ways, architecture is art. Especially when the architect is Antoni Gaudí.

Sailboat off Barcelona in the Mediterranean Sea
Sailboat off Barcelona in the Mediterranean Sea

My family and I visited Barcelona, Spain, and I blogged about it here. It was a beautiful city, more connected to the beach and the Mediterranean Sea than many other cities on the water. I loved the sailboats and the azure colors of the sea and sky. And the people were entertaining with their different behaviors on the beach and around town.

As we toured Barcelona, I began to associate the work of architect Antoni Gaudí as an emblem of the city.

Gaudí and Barcelona

 “The creation continues incessantly through the media of man.” -Gaudí

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain, by Gaudi
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain, by Gaudi

Gaudí was born in 1852 in Catalonia, the region of Spain which Barcelona is in. The majority of his work was influenced by his faith and nature.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

 “The creation continues incessantly through the media of man.” – Gaudí

Gaudí is best known for his Sagrada Familia, which incorporates neo-Gothic and Modernisme styles. His architecture is so different, it is unforgettable.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

 “Tomorrow we will do beautiful things.” Gaudí

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

“Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.” – Gaudí

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

“Because of this, originality consists in returning to the origin.” – Gaudí

His masterpiece, the still-uncompleted Sagrada Família, is one of the most visited monuments in Catalonia. Between 1984 and 2005, UNESCO declared seven of Gaudí’s works to be World Heritage Sites.

“Don´t worry, my client isn´t in a hurry” – Gaudí

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

“Nothing is art if it does not come from nature.” – Gaudí

One of Gaudi's other Barcelona w
One of Gaudi’s other Barcelona works, an apartment building, La Perdrera

“Those who look for the laws of nature to support their new works collaborate with the creator.” – Gaudí

Gaudi's architecture, La Perdrera
Gaudi’s architecture, La Perdrera

Have you seen Gaudí’s work in Barcelona? What did you think?

Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

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2 thoughts on “Gaudi and Barcelona: Photos of His Art and Architecture

  1. My goodness! I have never seen or truthfully even heard of Gaudi. What fascinating buildings. I love the quote, “Nothing is art if it doesn’t come from nature.” Thanks for sharing these amazing pictures.

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