This is Gaudi is a book I reviewed about Antoni Gaudi, people either loved him or hated him, and in this tome we learn why. 🙂 Author Mollie Claypool walks us through his life, his formation of ideas, and the work that he did.
I found it a bit different that this biography had no table of contents, it dove right into telling us about Gaudi, and continued to just walk us through his life.
He wasn’t a healthy lad by any means, and a poor student, but he made friends, and he did learn! We are introduced to his observations about life and his dreams for the future. He and his friends made grand plans to restore the monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet. This monastery remained a focus for the rest of their lives. “They would remain committed to it’s restoration throughout their lives”.
That his faith was important to him remained evident throughout the book, and in how he did his architectural work. He never married, but experienced deep love with a young lady, but for reasons unknown dropped the relationship.
Part of his madness, was he didn’t do his work in an always conventional fashion. He could put up walls and tear them down the same day, only to put the wall somewhere else. He invented the “parametric, adaptive model”, a model that inspired generations of architects.
Filled with images and illustrations showing Gaudi and the work he did, this book will give any student a thorough look into the life of Antoni Gaudi. His ethics and determination shone through the pages.
I thought Gaudi was a fascinating individual, and can’t say I agree with all his life decisions, but he had his ideas and worked with them to the fullest he could. His faith was important to him and he weaved it into his work to the best of his ability. I found the font small, which just meant closer up reading for my tired, older eyes. 🙂 I don’t see it being an issue for younger students though. It’s written at a level I’d say for middle school and up. It would be a interesting book to give to a highschool student and ask the question “How do you think you could interpose your faith into your work life? What do you think of how Gaudi did it?”
This is Gaudi
Illustrator: Christina Christoforou
Art, Architecture, biography, history,
Reviewed for Raincoast Books.
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