720: Gaudi by Juan-Eduardo Cirlot

by Gerard


720.92: Cirlot, Juan-Eduardo. Gaudi: An Introduction to His Architecture. N.P.: Triangle Postal, 2001. 210 pp. ISBN 84-89815-94-1.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 700: Fine Arts
  • 720: Architecture
  • +092: Biography

Antoni Gaudi i Cornet (1852 – 1926) was perhaps one of the most inventive architects of all time. His works were Seussian before Seuss was Seussian. The building he conceived, drafted, and had built have to be seen to be believed. From the Neo-gothic windows on the Palacio Episcopal de Astorga to the bulbous terraces on the Casa Mila, his innovations and additions to the field gave people a new interest in how buildings were made. His most significant work, the Basilica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, won’t be finished for another 12 to 14 years. Juan-Eduardo Cirlot’s Gaudi is a splendid look at the life, philosophy, and leaps of intuition that Gaudi experienced as one of the foremost designers of his time.

One of the most impressive things about Gaudi was his simplistic view of a complicated field. Man is a creature of nature, so his buildings must surround him in natural shapes. He was skilled in so many disciplines that he designed not only the main look of each of his buildings, but also created wrought-iron sculptures to surround them, the stained glass to adorn them, and the ceramic tiling to cover them. The illustrations in this volume are full color and absolutely incredible. It’s a short book, and the biography is a little thin, but the overall impression of his life and work are good enough to keep your interest.  You’ll come for the facts and stay for the photos. A quick and delightful book.