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Art/Architecture: Modernisme - Art Nouveau Architecture Sketched and Explained
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Barcelona, Spain

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Art; Architecture 300 English 3 45 N/A

Introduction to the course

Modernism is the most idiosyncratic, creative and original of all European Art Nouveau
movements. It also gives Barcelona its distinctive image and brings to mind the name of
Gaudi. But a general overview of this style will always be slightly misleading just
because in Modernism the art is in the detail, and details are what general overviews
leave out . This course offers the opportunity to discover the master works of
Barcelona’s Art Nouveau architecture and the marvels of design contained in them. The
history and cultural context of Modernism will be explained in the classroom. But this
course will give special emphasis to the outdoors practice. Students will do sketches in
front of the buildings and in the museum discovering and appreciating the often hidden
qualities of the flowing Art Nouveau lines. The approach will be much more personal
and accurate than if given in the strictly academic fashion.


The architecture of Gaudi
1. Casa Batlló
2. La Pedrera
3. El Palau Guell

Exploring Parc Guell
1. Mosaics and Trencadis
2. Texture and light
3. Symbols of Nature and Religion

The architecture and designs of Josep Maria Jujol
4. The esgrafiats
5. La Casa del Ous
6. La Casa Negre

Marvelous objects: the fantasy of modernist interior design
7. Gaspar Homar
8. The iron work
9. The stain glass

The Gothic revival of Josep Puig I Cadafalch
4. Casa de les Punxes
5. Casa Ametller
6. Palau de la Musica

The Modernista factory
7. Casa Ramona
8. La Fábrica Pujol I Bausis
9. La Fabrica Moncunill


The final grade will be calculated as follows:

Class participation (40%) + in-class presentations and projects (40%) + Final paper


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Bohigas, Oriol (1968), Arquitectura modernista, Barcelona , Lumen

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Fernandez Armesto, Felipe (1991), Barcelona: A Thousand Years of the City’s Past

Gombrich, Ernst (1994), The sense of Order: a Study in the Psychology of Pictorial
Representation, Phaidon Press, London

Hitchcock, Henry-Russell, (1978), Architecture: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries,
Penguin Books, New York 1977

Hughes, Robert (1993), Barcelona Vintage Books, New York

Mendoza, Eduardo (1988) City of Marvels

Permanyer, Lluis (1990) Historia del Eixample

Ràfols, J. F. (1974) La arquitectura de J. M. Jujol

Schmutzler, Robert (1978), Art Nouveau, Harry N Abrams, New York

Solà-Morales, I. y otros 1988 Josep Maria Jujol arquitecte 1879-1979. Barcelona
Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya.

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