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Gaudi: A Biography (Anglais) Relié – 6 novembre 2001

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Revue de presse

“Vivid and engaging” (Booklist Review)

The author’s virtues of balance and good taste are evident everywhere in this book…truly a landmark effort.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Van Hensbergen … has produced a soaring biography of his subject, meticulously researched, elegantly organized, fluidly, lucidly written.” (Chicago Tribune)

“A terrifically stirring biography …Mr. van Hensebergen animates ideas with narrative drive. Buildings are his characters.” (New York Times)

“A significant contribution to the understanding of the great Catalan architect.” (Commonweal)

“Elegantly written, handsomely illustrated GAUDI … [is] a memorable account of an original life.” (Camden Courier-Post)

Présentation de l'éditeur

At the time of his death in 1926, Antonio Gaudi was arguably the most famous architect in the world. He had created some of the greatest and most controversial masterpieces of modern architecture, which were as exotic as they were outrageous. For many, Gaudi's unique architecture is Barcelona. But little is known about the shadowy figure behind the swirling, vivid buildings that inspired the surrealists. A fervent Catholic with an unstinting love for Catalonia, his homeland, an innovator who was profoundly orthodox, and a hermit who chose lifelong celibacy, having been rejected by the woman he loved, Gaudi was both brilliant and eccentric. He was very much the product of his time and place, and this masterful biography brings both man and architect powerfully to life against the changing backdrop of Barcelona and Catalonia.

Gijs van Hensbergen leads us through the design and construction of Gaudi's most significant buildings, revealing their innovation and complexity and demonstrating the growing relevance of Gaudi's architecture today. The author captures not only the power and importance of Gaudi's work but the unique spirit of Catalan culture as well.

This supreme artist lived by extravagant gestures and a creativity that bordered on madness. Even his legendary death under a tram as he stepped back to admire his cathedral in Barcelona has the hint of absurdity and poetry. In this first critical biography of one of Spain's most celebrated artists and the twentieth century's greatest architect, Gijs van Hensbergen makes a compelling argument for Gaudi's stature as icon of artistic integrity and genius.

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Amazon.com: 3.9 étoiles sur 5 19 commentaires
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Tame to start but finishes with a grand flourish befitting his subject 15 juin 2016
Par keetmom - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Gijs van Hensbergen has written a good biography of one of the world's most creative and unconventional architects, but it could so easily have been a great biography. The best parts of the book come towards the end where he writes in compelling style of Antoni Gaudi's work on his most controversial project - the La Pedrera apartment block - and also of his legacy. Here van Hensbergen brings to life the eccentricity, the obsession, the combativeness and the incredible creative energy of Gaudi and the account is fascinating and very moving. The fact that this last private commission co-incided with the political turmoil of the 1909 strikes in Barcelona adds to the story as van Hensbergen tells it and makes up for the more plodding style of the early chapters. A good editor would have helped the author fill in the gaps, introduce the large and often confusing cast of characters better, and produce the all round tribute this remarkable man deserves.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful Gaudi biography with Catalan context 19 juillet 2016
Par Paul - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Wonderful biography of Gaudi written in the context of Catalan nationalism and Catholicism. Gijs also provides historical background of turn-of-the-century Barcelona with its financiers behind its industrial growth funding architects and other artists. This book is well researched and heavily footnoted.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Completely unworthy of its subject 18 février 2002
Par Eric Leventhal - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Outside of Catalonia and Spain, Antoni Gaudi i Cornet is mythologised as a sort of mad genius . The man, like his work is appreciated, but completely misunderstood. Gils van Hensbergen's intention is to present Gaudi to us in the Catalan nationalist context which formed him and his buildings. Yes, an understanding of Catalanism with its piety, spiritualism, chauvinist patriotism and family values is helpful to understanding Gaudi's life, but not essential to appreciating his work. Antoni Gaudi was a genius. Works of genius communicate themselves. That is all you really need to know admire and love Gaudi's designs.
As pure as Hensbergen's intentions are, the book is a failure. Poorly written, haphazardly organized and indifferently edited, Gaudi is painful to read and does very little to improve ones understanding of the subject. To learn about the Barcelona of those days, its politics and players and how they influenced the architect, read Robert Hughes' Barcelona: a magnificent book by a master non-fiction stylist.
Gaudi: A Biography is also inadequate in the descriptions of the projects and the buildings. Hensbegen never clarifies what happened at Poblet; how Gaudi worked and what his studio was like; that the model for Colonia Guell was for an entire church, not just a crypt; and most importantly how did Gaudi view space? Hensbergen never discusses Gaudi's mature interiors. He treats the designer solely as a sculptor--a former of symbols--not as a creator of spaces.
I was confused as often by the imperfectly written sentences as by the badly explained ideas. The chronology is a muddle. Dates are even mistyped. Names pile up without clear explanation of who they are or why they are being mentioned. And the endnotes...! They are confounding digressions which clarify nothing.Without beauty, rationality and solid construction, this book is wholely unworthy of its subject.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Makes Gaudi's Works come alive! 31 janvier 2007
Par Chad D. Kinsman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I have been obessed with Gaudi from the first minute I landed in Spain a month ago. I have been to msot of his major works and am finding my way to his lesser. This book has been an amazing companion to the journey. It is amazing to sit and read about Park Guell while sitting in Park Guell. The author gives you the entire story of each work, and the social, political, and economical contexts that surrounded Gaudi's works and life. I read the book at fast I as could and now am reading it again. If you want to learn not just about Gaudi but the Modernisme movement and the socio-politics of turn-of-the-century Spain, there is no better book than this one.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 With two rulers and a chord one generates all architecture 26 février 2003
Par A. G. Plumb - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
My title is a quote from Gaudi himself and it is only something a genius could say. Like Bach claiming his work was 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. What clearly comes through in this book is that Gaudi was an extraordinary man - a creator of unique structures and visions.
I have always felt a fascination with things that seem to have some unexpected, almost alien, aspect to them. In architecture this includes the temples at Angkor and the Hindu temples of India; are these the works of humankind? So it is with Gaudi. Where are the precursors? Where are the followers? Perhaps there are no followers because what he did was so exceptional no-one dares takes the same path. And then there is the man Gaudi as described in this book - he is no less alien; banishing intimacy with women from his life, being absorbed in catholicism, following a rigorous vegetarian diet. I didn't want speculation - I hate that in biographies - but I would have liked more information. For example, why was Gaudi a vegetarian - was it a religious tenet he was following, was it a moral one, was it health-driven?
Other reviewers have been disturbed by Mr Hensbergens command of the English language. This did not offend me. Perhaps the paperback version I am reviewing had been further edited. But I did find the book slow to capture my attention. Perhaps it was Gaudi and not the prose that finally engaged me - but engaged I was. Another feature that initially annoyed me was the placing of the four sections of illustrations. It seemed to me that I was forever hunting for an illustration for the text I was reading. But by the end of the biography this didn't offend me at all; in fact I grew to love hunting back and forth through the illustrations because as I did so I grew to know Gaudi's architecture better and better.
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