I bought this in Barcelona in 2005 And It S Sat On My Shelf it s sat on my shelf since waiting for the right time to be read This summer s family oliday to Barcelona and Girona felt the right time It was a dry read and very factual by circumstances a lot of Gaudi s own writings Anatomie de l'horreur 2 have been lost It gallops throughis life detailing True Crime Addict his birth school years and professional life in perfunctory detail and introduced me to some ofis works I was unfamiliar with but in terms of understanding the man identifying Business Networks in Syria his inspirations and sources it was sadly lacking Would I recommend it No Read a brief online biog then go seeis works If you intend to read Gaudi A Biography by Gijs van Hensbergenthis book be sure to obtain a copy ofGaudi by Pere Vivas Photographer published by Triangle booksThe photos are necessary to fully understand the biographyIf you prefer only one book make it the Pere Vivas book I ve toured many of Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality his pieces The tours provided insight into the designs and their meaning This book was aistorical account of Gaudi Barcelona Not much text about the process or the inspiration This was a difficult read for me and I Sheltie at the Funfair had to put it down for a while and read something else But I returned to it and slogged my way through it It was not until page 186 that I really got into it and was able to follow the narrative flow Like the famous trencad s Modernist style that Gaud fashioned this book is really a collection of several pieces that abut and sometimes complement each other a survey of Catalan culture andistory the best part in my opinion conceptualizations of Modernist and Catalanist architecture very difficult for me because I am not familiar with architectural terminology and the author did not make effective use of pictures to complement the work Problems and Solutions for Undergraduate Analysis Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics he was describing and a biography of Gaud segments interspersed throughout the book The author admits that there is scant primary material to work from and theermit like lifestyle that Gaud led makes it difficult to delve into Les Celtes aux racines de l'Europe : Actes du colloque tenu au Parlement de la Communaut franaise de Belgique et au Muse royal de Mariemont les 20 et 21 octobre 2006 his personalistory For me the most difficult part
of the book was the author s tendency to toss many the book was the author s tendency to toss many into the mix irrespective of ow close or distant their relationship was to the architect Often the author only used first names and "It Was Difficult To Keep "was difficult to keep of who was whom It might ave elped to ave ad a list of people involved in Gaud s life van Hensbergen provides a chronology of Gaud s life but it could ave been expanded to include some names Two egregious errors appear and while the author can be forgiven for missing this detail the editor cannot Especially if the editor works at HarperCollins On page 46 The author chronicles Gaudi s born in 1852 military service citing Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction his acceptance into the infantry reserves in February 1975 Gaud wouldave been 125 years old On page 53 Nymph Fly Tying Techniues he recounts the destruction of the Cistercian monastery Poblet in 1935 but on page 16e wrote that it was ransacked during in 1835 during the Carlist Wars 1833 1830 There are some other minor grammatical missteps later in the book but these faults ar. At the time of is death in 1926 Antoni Gaudí was arguably the most famous architect in the world He ad created some of the greatest and most controversial masterpieces of modern architecture which were as exotic as they were outra.
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E impossible to overlook or forgive I did not learn too much about Gaud in the end I ave been to the Sagrada Familia and I Des femmes qui tombent have seen the Casa Mil and I appre i don t usually like biographies apparently not enough biogs are about remarkable surrealist visions railing against city councils when they f up your elephant foot column eating lettuce dipped in milk withandfuls of nutsseeds molding serpentine benches to fit people an impossible cathedral to fit eaven
course gaud was eccentricarrogantcantankerous you expect anything else originality means going back to our origins insisted the guy who crafted a thin metal curtain from old textile mill needles made masterpieces from cracked pottery designed a ceiling to look like a seabed i felt at my most peaceful sitting in a screened porch a rooftop e built aving coffee early one morning looking up at that white plaster ceiling suddenly seeing the sea Van Hensbergen s ambitious biography of Antoni Gaudi attempts to contextualize the social religious and political atmosphere of Barcelona and Catalan to elucidate the personality and motivations of Gaudi and is art While informative the author s focus on the nationalistic and Catholic roots of Gaudi s designs does not go far enough in adeuately explaining the eclectic and fantastical elements of Kiss That Frog his work Gaudi lived the life of a fervent Catholic and Catalan nationalist in that orderis eccentric style seems to serve as a sort of mental or artistic release from the traditions and structures of The Seneca Scourge his daily life You need to aave an understanding of architectural styles and possess a deep knowledge of Catholicism to really appreciate this biography I Caleo Leech have neither so it was a tough read for me It did give me a broad feel for events leading up to the Spanish Civil War and insights into the man so overall it was a worthwhile read Fantastic to learn about theuman behind the architecture Reading this was a task though Full of Catalan Vibrational Medicine The history and words which are difficult to process Fascinating story about the architect Antoni Gaudi This is a review of the two perfect books to read before you travel to Barcelona to see Gaudi Antonio Gaudi Master Architect by Juan Bassegoda Nonell Gaudi A Biography by Gijs van HensbergenI approached both books with two uestions in mind 1 What about Gaudi s work couldave drawn the love and admiration of the Japanese in the way it seems to do At first glance the two traditions seem to ave "LITTLE IN COMMON AND YET IN "in common and yet in there as been a tremendous Gaudi boom I first learned of his greatness only in Japan and there is probably a lot information on im in Japanese than in English And 2 greatness only in Japan and there is probably a lot information on im in Japanese than in English And 2 are the absolute must sees for an upcoming tripBoth books get a 55 for excellent writing I own all of van Hensbergen s work and Bassegoda s writing is absolutely inspired Photography is also stunning So why the Japanese Asymmetry and a love of curved lines as well as art inspired by the natural forms found in nature is the easy answer God is found in nature was given in one Japanese. Geous But little is known about the shadowy figure behind the swirling vivid buildings that inspired the SurrealistsThis masterful biography brings both man and architect powerfully to life against the changing backdrop of Barcelona.Of Course Gaud Was Eccentricarrogantcantankerous