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Author: Gijs Van Hensbergen
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"At the time of his death in 1926, Antonio Gaudi was arguably the most famous architect in the world. He had created some of the greatest and most controversial masterpieces of modern architecture, which were as exotic as they were outrageous. For many, Gaudi's unique architecture is Barcelona. But little is known about the shadowy figure behind the swirling, vivid buildings that inspired the surrealists." "Gijs van
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Antoni Gaudí; Antoni Gaudí; Antoni Gaudí; Antoni Gaudí
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gijs Van Hensbergen
ISBN: 0066210658 9780066210650 0060197757 9780060197759
OCLC Number: 46828873
Description: xxxvii, 322 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: 'People of space and circumstance' --
Voices in the desert --
City of marvels --
The architectural apprentice --
VIews of heaven and the harem --
The holy fathers --
Towards a new Jerusalem --
In paradisum --
The house of bones --
The beleaguered fort --
The sheltering cave --
Storm clouds --
The Setmana tragica --
A thrown pebble --
'Symbols dense as trees' --
The cathedral of the poor.
Responsibility: Gijs van Hensbergen.
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"At the time of his death in 1926, Antonio Gaudi was arguably the most famous architect in the world. He had created some of the greatest and most controversial masterpieces of modern architecture, which were as exotic as they were outrageous. For many, Gaudi's unique architecture is Barcelona. But little is known about the shadowy figure behind the swirling, vivid buildings that inspired the surrealists." "Gijs van Hensbergen leads us through the design and construction of Gaudi's most significant buildings, revealing their innovation and complexity and demonstrating the growing relevance of Gaudi's architecture today. The author captures not only the power and importance of Gaudi's work but the unique spirit of Catalan culture as well."

"This supreme artist lived by extravagant gestures and a creativity that bordered on madness. Even his legendary death under a tram as he stepped back to admire his cathedral in Barcelona has the hint of absurdity and poetry. In this first critical biography of one of Spain's most celebrated artists and the twentieth century's greatest architect, Gijs van Hensbergen makes a compelling argument for Gaudi's stature as icon of artistic integrity and genius."--Jacket.

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