Antoni Plàcid Guillem Gaudí i Cornet (1852-1926) – was catalan architect who belonged to the Modernist style (Art Nouveau) movement and was famous for his unique style and highly individualistic forms.
In 1868, he decided to study architecture in
Despite his youth he received the first assignments from the ecclesiastic world and the bourgeoisie, who would always be his main clients. Among these, the Association of Devotees of
Gaudí's first works were designed in the style of gothic architecture and traditional Spanish architectural modes, but he soon developed his own distinct sculptural style. French architect Eugene Viollet-Leduc , who promoted an evolved form of gothic architecture, proved a major influence on Gaudí. But the student surpassed the master architect and contrived highly original designs – irregular and fantastically intricate. Some of his greatest works, most notably
Because of his rheumatism, the artist observed a strict vegetarian diet, used homeopathic drug therapy, underwent water therapy, and hiked regularly. Long walks, besides suppressing his rheumatism, further allowed him to experience nature.
Gaudí loved for his work to be created by nature as he used concrete leaves and vine windows to create his ideas for him, so his work is not just because of him but because of nature as well.
After his death in 1926, the international movement recuperated his figure while presenting him as an example of modernisation and renewal of 20th century architecture.
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