Antoni Gaudi's Works And Their Influence On Modern Spanish Architecture

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The well-known Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi, once said, “Originality consists of returning to the origin. Thus, originality means returning, through one’s resources, to the simplicity of the early solutions.” (qtd. in Craven n.p.) This quote is a great reflection of Gaudi’s unique style and works. Barcelonian architecture in the time of Gaudi was characterised by the Catalan Modernisme movement. Gaudi, being one of the movement’s representatives, showed his creativity and his individuality though his works which were inspired by nature. Many of the other architects of the Modernisme movement used their own individuality and depiction of nature as well. (Inman, ed. 20) Contemporary Spanish architects also incorporate Antoni Gaudi’s style into their architecture.
Antoni Gaudi i Cornet was born on June 25, 1852. He lived in a town called Reus in Catalonia. His father worked as a coppersmith in a nearby village. Having four older siblings, Gaudi was the youngest child in his family. In his childhood, he suffered from rheumatism. That illness, as well as other factors such as his discovery of nature, made Gaudi pay more attention to the world that surrounded him (Duran 2-3).
Antoni Gaudi went to school in Escola Pies. There, he learned more about his religion, which played a big role in his life and later works, particularly the Sagrada Familia. It also had a bearing on his architecture as it was there that Gaudi was able to develop his strong yet resolute personality which was later reflected in his works. He put a lot of effort into the things that interested him. Those that did not appeal to him, on the other hand, he showed no interest towards (Duran 2).
When Gaudi was seventeen years old, he le...

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