Barcelona. Culture capital of Spain. Birthplace of Modernisme.
So back in November, I went to Barcelona with my History of Art class.
Sadly, upon arrival, I realised I didn't charge my camera, so these are my friend Amy's photos.
|Casa Batllo/Sagrada Família|
The wonder of Gaudí: a true original, this guy. By using an industrial medium like concrete (in a building like Casa Batllo), but marrying it with elements of nature, he emulates forces like the sea by pouring the concrete instead. The result: an incredibly smooth, flawless facade with a playful side - notice the bone-like mullions in the windows and balconies. The colourful, broken pieces of glass and tiling (trencadise - his trademark) gives a wonderful, dragon scale-like effect that glints in the sun.
And, of course Sag Fam. I felt insanely tiny standing underneath this gargantuan building. It's such a shame, Gaudí didn't get to see his life's work completed in his own lifetime. Even more shameful that it's been under construction non-stop since 1881, with political interruptions to the construction due to the Spanish Civil War. There have been offers for it to be converted into a train station (absurd) - after all this construction, why change its original function?
|Top: The view from MNAC|
Below: Can't leave without a bit o' flamenco...
In Catalan spirit, here's a drawing of Catalan artist Dalí I drew in Summer 2010