Born in 1852 in Reus (Camp de Tarragona) and son of
a copper maker from Riudoms, from childhood Gaudí was
an attentive observer of nature and felt attracted to
its forms, colours and geometry. In 1868, he decided
to study architecture in Barcelona, in a college dominated
by neo-classical and romantic trends. Thus, his first
architectural pruduction swung between a reinterpretation
of historical canons with oriental influence and the
recovery of medieval events.
his youth he received the first assignments from the
ecclesiastic world and the bourgeoisie, who would always
be his main clients. Among these, the Association of
Devotees of Saint Joseph stands out as they commissioned
him with the Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família
(the cathedral of the modern Barcelona). Of equal importance
was the industrialist Eusebi Güell, the best client
and essential patron, who entrusted him with the construction
of a palace, the curch for an industrial colony, some
pavilions for his summer residence and a city-garden.
his death in 1926, he and his work entered a period
of ostracismm until the avant-gardist trends and the
international movement recuperated his figure while
presenting him as an example of modernisation and renewal
of 20th century architecture.