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Antonio Gaudi: Master Architect Hardcover – Apr 1 2000

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press; 1st edition (April 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789202204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789202208
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2.3 x 26.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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After visiting Barcelona and being captivated by the work of an architect I had never heard of, I found this terrific book. The commentary is by a native scholar from Catalonia who writes with directness and clarity. Gaudi used nature's forms to inspire, and was uninterested in artistic intellectualization. Mostly photos here, but the text has depth. There's a chronology of Gaudi's work and background on what little we know of his upbringing. It is more thorough than tourist-geared materials available in Barcelona, and priced better than encyclopedia-like scholarly volumes.
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Essentially this is a picture book, but what pictures! The photography has used the extraordinary architecture and added a new dimension to it in vision and lighting. If you would know Gaudi, look at his work: and this is one of the best ways to do it if you cannot readily get to Catalunya. In addition, the production and design of the book, in a relatively small format, has been very carefully thought out, resulting in one of those rare volumes which is delightful to handle and admire in its own right, quite apart from its content. An absolute little gem.
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The set of photos is comprehensive, however I felt that the lighting of the exterior photos was too flat to convey the visual impact of the buildings.
I admit that I have not seen the buildings in person, however I felt that Teshigahara's documentary gave me a much better feel for the buildings -- making their noteriety understandable.
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