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Modernismo: Architecture and Design in Spain

Modernismo: Architecture and Design in Spain


  • Format: Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • Publisher: Monacelli Press
  • Published: December 2003
  • ISBN-10: 1580931111
  • ISBN-13: 9781580931113

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Catalan 'modernismo, ' a cultural and artistic style of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was the Spanish equivalent of the Arts and Crafts movement and Art Nouveau, the German Werkbund and the Viennese Secession. The common denominator of these movements was the ambition to develop a new concept of beauty based on the creative essence of humankind. This comprehensive study, containing a wealth of information not previously available in English, focuses on all aspects of 'modernismo.' Insightful essays discuss the geographic focus of 'modernismo, ' Catalonia and its vibrant capital city, Barcelona, and its historical and social context. Architecture was greatly influenced by 'modernismo, ' and various practitioners -- Antoni Gaudi, Lluis Domenech i Montaner, Josep Puig i Cadafalch -- developed personal styles based on patterns inspired by nature. Painting, sculpture, and music were equally affected by the times, moving away from academicism and toward spontaneous and personal creative impulses. All essays are extensively illustrated with spectacular color photographs, showing 'modernismo''s most important buildings, such as Gaudi's Sagrada Familia and Palau Guell; intricate furniture, stained glass, and jewelry; graphic design, notably periodicals and sheet music; and a portfolio of paintings.