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Antonio Gaudi - the Master of Architecture Leading the Spanish Modernist movement Antoni Gaudi has been classified with Gothicism and Surrealism however in reality there is no word except Gaudiism He was influenced by Oriental styles nature sculpture and a desire to go beyond anything that had ever been done before Most of Gaudis buildings are in Barcelona and reflect his strong Catalan nationalism The son of a coppersmith Antonio Gaudi was born in Reus Spain in 1852 He studied at the Escola Superior dArquitectura in Barcelona and designed his first major commission for the Casa Vincens in Barcelona using a Gothic Revival style that set a precedent for his future work In addition stricken with a rheumatic problem that made walking painful young Antonio Gaudi often missed school and had little interaction with other children but had ample time to study nature While seeking his degree in architecture in Barcelona Gaudi also studied philosophy history and economics He believed that differences in architecture were caused by society and politics rather than aesthetics Moreover Gaudi was granted the title of Architect and presented his first major project the Matar1091 Cooperative a housing project for factory workers at the Paris World Fair in 1878 Far ahead of his time only a small portion of the project was actually built but Gaudis name became well known In 1882 Gaudi began work on his greatest project the Sagrada Familia church taking over from Francisco de Paula del Villar For nearly 30 years Gaudi worked on Sagrada Familia and other projects simultaneously until 1911 when he decided to devote himself exclusively to the church During the last year of his life Gaudi lived in his studio at Sagrada Familia Tragically in June 1926 Gaudi was run over by a tram Because he was poorly dressed he was not recognized and taxi drivers refused to take a vagabond to the hospital they were later fined by the police Gaudi
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