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Antoni Gaudi - Ornament, Fire and Ashes : Columns of Smoke - Juan Jose Lahuerta

Antoni Gaudi - Ornament, Fire and Ashes

Columns of Smoke

Paperback Published: 15th May 2016
ISBN: 9788493923167
Number Of Pages: 236

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Juan Jos Lahuerta's Columns of Smoke series offers bold new readings of modernity and its key figures while redefining the connections between architecture, ornamentation, and the portrayal of both in print media. The third volume focuses on the Spanish architect Antoni Gaud (1852-1926), whose spectacular fin-de-si cle bohemian modernism stood in revolutionary contrast to the leading approaches of the day.

With the rise of Le Corbusier's modern style of architecture in the early twentieth century, architects who favored ornamentation and a strong bond with nature, like Gaud , were relegated to the sidelines. Lahuerta draws on first-hand documents, many previously unpublished, to show that Gaud , far from being the isolated eccentric seen in other accounts, was keenly aware of the major theories and works of his time and cleverly used industrial processes to produce ornamental details that appear today to be almost handmade. Equally impressive was Gaud 's ability to capitalize on his fame once in the public eye, as both the architect and his buildings appeared in illustrations in the popular press. His influence on avant-garde artists like Salvador Dal , who admired the edible appearance of Gaud 's Casa Mil in Barcelona, and Pablo Picasso, who was fascinated by the eroticism of the Casa Batll , attests to the architect's impact far beyond his field.

Richly illustrated with rare images from a variety of sources, this highly visual take on Gaud is also a spirited commentary on the roots of modernism more generally. Entertaining and perceptive, Antoni Gaud challenges us to reconsider what we thought we knew about this pioneering architect and his distinctive work.

Industry Reviews

"Superbly edited with many photographs, some unpublished, the book reflects how the architecture of Gaud . . . became a symbol of the city of Barcelona during his lifetime, extending through media such as magazines and newspapers and impacting popular culture through jokes, cartoons, and postcards."--Montse Frisach "Avui "

ISBN: 9788493923167
ISBN-10: 8493923168
Series: Columns of Smoke
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 15th May 2016
Publisher: Editorial Tenov S.L.
Country of Publication: ES
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 16.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1

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