Saturday, 21 April 2012

A Trip to Barcelona so much to see and do- Gaudi, Picasso and Catalan Modernism

There is so much to see and discover in Barcelona, it's best to go there and explore, starting with an open topped bus. On arrival, it's also a good idea to buy a pass that permits unlimited  travel on the very efficient underground system, and less speedy buses.
Wandering around the city, there's lots to amaze and astound, here's a photo of a bridge over the road called 'Carrer del Bisbe':
At the turn of the last century, Gaudi was commissioned to build an apartment house in the area of Eixample, it called Casa Mila, or more commonly, La Pedrera which means 'the stone quarry' and is an allusion to the fact the facade resembles an open quarry.
Photos can't be taken inside, but here is one of the outside of the building:
And here are a couple of views of Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's unfinished project:

To say Gaudi was influenced by the living world is putting it mildly, Park Guell combines some amazing architecture with fabulous plants and views. His house where he lived is breathtaking in it's simplicity and then just round a corner, ornateness as well.
 One of the gate houses.
 Clivia growing in abundance.
 The Judas tree in flower, seen all over Barcelona
 A ceiling in the house where Gaudi lived
A mosaic of a beautiful tile situated near the entrance to the park with lots of other tiles.
 Here's a photo of one of the mosaics in the ceiling of the 'Hall of Columns' intended to be a market place apparently.
 Above and below are details of a most amazingly constructed and elaborate stained glass window with a spire in the background.
 Gaudi had a phenomenal influence over the architecture and ways of looking at things, but there were were many others involved in Catalan Modernism, their works are celebrated, along with Gaudi's in the Museum of Catalan Modernism
The museum appears to be a little known gem, unlike other places is very quiet, no queues, with plenty of beautiful pieces to see on 3 floors:
 'La Sardana' Oak and Marquetry c. 1903

A mirror with a swan's tail lit up on top, very hard to photograph so it can be seen. Not mentioned in the guidebook.
Stained glass at the entrance to the museum
An exotic stained glass lampshade.
'Un descans a la terrassa' by Joan Cardona Llados. Much of his work were paintings of women in Paris, dressed up for a night out.
This amazing mosaic is part of the lining of the lift shaft of the building and was completed in 2010.
The grape pickers above and detail below don't appear in the catalogue either, so artist unknown.

 Above is 'La Primera Feina' by Ramon Borrell i Pia c. 1907
 Three stained glass pieces, 'Vita' above c. 1911by Joaquim Mir i Trinxet
 These are just called 'Glass', - Tallers dels germans Maumejean

 These paintings depict spring, summer, autumn and winter, they were painted in 1907 by Gaspar Camps i Junyent
 This last painting from the museum is by Joaquim Mir Trinxet of his garden 1928-30
By contrast, the Picasso Museum was very crowded, and it took about 30 minutes of queuing to get inside. There are many of his earliest drawings and painting as well as many key works from various different periods.

 By way of a contrast, we finished the holiday visiting this bar on the final evening and lunchtime. The bar staff were jolly and much less wooden than the carytid above.

The Botanic Gardens describe themselves as 'All the Mediterraneans in the World', they opened in 1999 and would benefit from a longer visit than we gave them


  1. Really interesting post. Thank you for showing us Barcelona art.



    1. Thank you so much for this.
      I have catalogues of the Catalan Museum and the Picasso Museum and a book with pictures of Gaudi's work and some of his quotes; you are welcome to have a look, do drop in when you're passing.