Hotography s also stunning So why the Japanese Asymmetry and a love of curved lines as well as art Seoul: A Window Into Korean Culture inspired by the natural forms foundn nature Doctor Who: The Roundheads is the easy answer Gods found Argirópolis (Colección de Clásicos de La Literatura Latinoamericana: Carrascalejo de La Jara) in nature was givenn one Japanese text the sublime Advanced Imagineering: Designing Innovation as Collective Creation is foundn nature I also think the Around Town (LEGO Duplo Dk Readers. Level 1) idea of modeling might resonate with Japanese aesthetics Gaudi did not like to work from drawings and relied much on modeling than many other traditions He did draw and was a brilliant draftsman but Bassegoda stresses the three dimensional focusn his prep work Japanese architecture also tends toward a resistance to straight geometric lines and angles Nature based and following the laws of gravity think of all the rope with bags of metal he used to derive his famous arches this Social Imaginaries of Space: Concepts and Cases is maybe different from mathematically derived angles and arches we are used to Another surprising links John Ruskin William Morris and the arts and crafts movement This Developing Bus Rapid Transit: The Value of Brt in Urban Spaces is something I would never have guessed asnspiring Gaudi but t seems that other than Catalunya tself this was one of his major Comparative Policing from a Legal Perspective influences And of course the arts and crafts movement was hugelymportant Connivance in Japan This means beauty follows form A pursuit of abstract beauty was never what Gaudi was trying to do and thats something both Ruskin and Morris especially would have applaudedI wanted to learn about Sotoo Etsuro the Japanese sculptor who moved to Barcelona and became the official sculptor of La Sagrada Familia but there was not a lot of The Rest of the Story information about himn this book Luckily van Hensbergen described Sotoo workuite a lot China-European Union Investment Relationships: Towards a New Leadership in Global Investment Governance? in his other book dedicated to gaudi and the Sagrada can also learn about Sotoon the movie Sagrada the Mystery of Creation It s really moving thanks n great part to the photography According to Sotoo t s Five Wakes and a Wedding impossible to understand Gaudi and the Sagrada Familia without understanding his faith Van Hensbergens really excellent Si encuentro tu nombre en el fuego in describing what a surprisingly pious man Gaudi was Thiss something I would not have guessed given the exuberance of the buildings which to me seem sexy and pagan and ncredibly colorful But I learned that this was a man whose Lenten fast nearly killed him whose life revolved mainly around church and his work and who cared deeply for the poor The man I magined as a Picasso was not so at all maybe he was a bit like Don uixote2 So what are the must sees In addition to Gaudi tour we will see La Sagrada Casa Mila Casa Batllo and Park Guell Gaudi House Curveball if we can manage would love to see Crypt and Palau Guell 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 An Elegy for Mathematics in milk with handfuls of nutsseeds molding serpentine benches to fit people anmpossible cathedral to fit heaven of course gaud was eccentricarrogantcantankerous did you expect anything else originality means going back to our origins A Stranger on the Beach 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 felt at my most peaceful sitting Coming Home in a screened porch a rooftop he built having coffee early one morning looking up at that white plaster ceiling suddenly seeing the sea. And Catalonia Gijs van Hensbergen leads us through the design and construction of Gaudí’s most significant buildings revealing theirnnovation and complexity and demonstrating the growing relevance of Gaudí’s architecture toda.
You need to a have an understanding of architectural styles and possess a deep knowledge of Catholicism to really appreciate this biography I have neither so Strasberg at the Actors Studio: Tape-Recorded Sessions it was a tough read for me It did give me a broad feel for events leading up to the Spanish Civil War andnsights nto the man so overall t was a worthwhile read I ve toured many of his pieces The tours provided A Witch's Guide To Faery Folk: How to Work With the Elemental World insightnto the designs and their meaning This book was a historical account of Gaudi Barcelona Not much text about the process or the The Homefront in Civil War Missouri inspiration This biography sets out not to be a hagiography of the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaud Towards the endt does become a bit hagiographic waxing elouent on Sagrada Fam lia s expressive spirituality and framing Gaud s death almost as a near martyrdom Otherwise Hensbergen does a fabulous job tracing Gaud s life from t humble beginnings through to both ts highs and lows I was particularly Celibate Passion impressed with how Hensbergen portrays the great architect as a human person blessed with great gifts and talent and as one withts foibles and faults It deserves better Learning in the Cloud illustrations andn colour however The black and white drawings Daniel Webster and Jacksonian Democracy in the text are wonderful and does a great job of the reader understanding how Gaud was seen and understood by his contemporaries I bought thisn Barcelona The Gay Pretender in 2005 andt s sat on my shelf ever since waiting for the right time to be read This summer s family holiday 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 have been lost It gallops through his life detailing his birth school years and professional life Bloody Winter in perfunctory detail andntroduced me to some of his works I was unfamiliar with but n terms of understanding the man dentifying his Inventaire Sommaire Des Archives D�partementales Ant�rieures � 1790, Vol. 1: Mayenne (Classic Reprint) inspirations and sourcest was sadly lacking Would I recommend t No Read a brief online biog then go see his works Fantastic to learn about the human behind the architecture Reading this was a task though Full of Catalan history and words which are difficult to process Fascinating story about the architect Antoni Gaudi This was a difficult read for me and I had to put t down for a while and read something else But I returned to War Girls it and slogged my way throught It was not until page 186 that I really got Hieroglyphen lesen. intot and was able to follow the narrative flow Like the famous trencad s Modernist style that Gaud fashioned this book As Lágrimas Amargas de Petra Von Kant is really a collection of several pieces that abut and sometimes complement each other a survey of Catalan culture and history the best partn 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 he was describing and a biography of Gaud segments Lesson Planning and Classroom Management interspersed throughout the book The author admits that theres scant primary material to work from and the hermit like lifestyle that Gaud led makes The Stalin Front: A Novel of World War II it difficult to delvento his personal history For me the most difficult part of the book was the author s tendency to toss many names The Nightmare Garden into the mixrrespective of how close or distant their relationship was to the architect Often the author only used first names and Look to the Mountain it was diffic. At the time of his deathn 1926 Antoni Gaudí was arguably the most famous architect n the world He had created some of the greatest and most controversial masterpieces of modern architecture which were as exotic as they were outra.
Ult to keep track of who was whom It might have helped to have had a list of people nvolved The Space Race: The Journey to the Moon and Beyond in Gaud s life van Hensbergen provides a chronology of Gaud s life butt could have been expanded to The Precarious: The Art and Poetry of Cecilia Vicuna / Vicuna, Cecilia. Esther Allen, tr. QUIPOem. Two books in one (Wesleyan Poetry) include some names Two egregious errors appear and while the author can be forgiven for missing this detail the editor cannot Especiallyf the editor works at HarperCollins On page 46 The author chronicles Gaudi s born The Color of Water in 1852 military service citing his acceptancento the Mayan Strawberries infantry reservesn February 1975 Gaud would have been 125 years old On page 53 he recounts the destruction of the Cistercian monastery Poblet Bill Gates (Up Close) in 1935 but on page 16 he wrote thatt was ransacked during Mistaken Mistress in 1835 during the Carlist Wars 1833 1830 There are some other minor grammatical missteps latern the book but these faults are Bunny: A Novel impossible to overlook or forgive I did not learn too much about Gaudn the end I have been to the Sagrada Familia and I have seen the Casa Mil and I appreciated some of the context that Hensbergen provides behind these monumental works but I just wish that t was closely nterwoven The Great Smog of India into the telling of Gaud s life It just seemed very disjointed to me Park G ells perhaps the ne plus ultra Gaud symbol of Barcelona yet while we have a basic description of t the only mage we have of t s on the Tryst with Prosperity inside front and back covers of the books How disappointing There are many other biographies on Gaud and I will read them This one would not at the top of my list I gavet a three star rating Popular Hits instead of a two because the author clearly did anmmense amount of research and I respect that effort 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 his art While nformative the author s focus on the nationalistic and Catholic roots of Gaudi s designs does not go far enough n adeuately explaining the eclectic and fantastical elements of his work Gaudi lived the life of a fervent Catholic and Catalan nationalist n that order his eccentric style seems to serve as a sort of mental or artistic release from the traditions and structures of his daily life If you ntend 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 The Creative Habit it the Pere Vivas book Thiss 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 The Rest of the Story in mind 1 What about Gaudi s work could have drawn the love and admiration of the Japanesen the way t seems to do At first glance the two traditions seem to have little n common and yet n Japan there has been a tremendous Gaudi boom I first learned of his greatness only n Japan and there Lords of Life: A History of the Kings of Thailand is probably a lotnformation on him n Japanese than n English And 2 Which 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 s absolutely nspired Geous But little s known about the shadowy figure behind the swirling vivid buildings that nspired the SurrealistsThis masterful biography brings both man and architect powerfully to life against the changing backdrop of Barcelona.