Catalan Historical Review, No 12 (2019)

Antoni Gaudí, a lone wolf in European architecture

Antoni González Moreno-Navarro


The works of Antoni Gaudí have often been viewed as revolutionary. In the author’s opinion, some of Gaudí’s works from the 19th century can indeed be considered not only revolutionary but also the harbingers of the rupture that took place in European architecture at the turn of the century. However, while his later output enshrined him as a brilliant creator with well-deserved worldwide fame, these works were far from architecture’s evolution towards a new modernity, and Gaudí finally lost any ties he might have once had with this modernity when he enclosed himself in the Sagrada Família towards the end of his life.

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ISSN: 2013-4088 (electronic edition); 2013-407X (print edition)