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Antoni Gaudí (Spanish, 1852-1926)

Sculptures

Also known as:  Antoni Gaudi

Birth Place: Reus, Spain

Biography:

Who was sculptor and architect Antoni Gaudi?

Antoni Gaudi was a Spanish sculptor, architect, and creator of the Catalan Modernist art movement. His pieces reflect the three main passions in his life, architecture, nature, and religion. Though these concepts and inspirations might feel vague at first, Gaudi’s extremely unique approach led to groundbreaking work in ceramics, stained glass, and even wrought ironworks. He developed several techniques and ways to treat materials that are still used by artists today. His work became popular around the globe during his lifetime but has only increased since his death.

Gaudi’s architecture is prized by the world community, so much so that seven of his pieces have become World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. His monument to the Sagrada Familia is the most-visited monument in all of Spain. His nickname in Spanish translates to “God’s Architect” due to his religious fervor and the beauty of his sculptures and buildings. There has been some talk of his beatification by the Catholic church in recent years, and the day of his death has become a national holiday in Spain.

What kind of art did Antoni Gaudi make?

Though he is perhaps best known for his buildings, Gaudi was also a renowned sculptor. His Catalan Modernism had roots in the neo-Gothic and Oriental techniques, but Gaudi was quick to develop an aesthetic all his own. Whether it was in sculpture or as an architect, Gaudi’s work was extremely beautiful and ornate -- owing much to the neo-Gothic work that had inspired him as a youth. He was constantly looking to evolve his style and increase the vocabulary of his new architectural language. These pieces were modern, brilliant, and organic -- wholly original.

Though Gaudi was lumped in with many other 19th century modernists, his work always felt more organic. Gaudi almost never planned his pieces ahead of time, instead, he created 3D scale models which morphed and changed as Gaudi saw fit at the moment. His work is sought by all kinds of collectors today for their artistic, religious, and cultural merit.

How did Antoni Gaudi get started?

Antoni Gaudi was born in 1852 in Riudoms, Spain. His father was a local coppersmith, giving Gaudi access to rare artistic tools and supplies at a young age. He was often sick as a youth, which led him to art and religion -- the two main thrusts of his creative energy. This would hold true for the rest of his life. He completed compulsory military service, but his chronic illness kept him from fighting in any wars. Instead, he studied at the Llotja School as well as the Barcelona Higher School of Architecture, where he earned a degree in 1878. During this time he worked as a draughtsman for several architects and constructors. His first job was to design the lampposts for Barcelona, the success of these led to many more artistic commissions by the Spanish government and launched the young artist’s career.

How much are Antoni Gaudi sculptures worth?

Antoni Gaudi sculptures can sell for a few thousand dollars all the way up to $50,000 or more for popular works. Gaudi’s work can often be hard to evaluate, both due to the fact that many of these are large-scale architectural works as well as publicly owned pieces. Gaudi’s buildings are renowned in Spain and abroad, and as such have fetched millions when they have come up for sale. The most ever paid for an Antoni Gaudi sculpture at auction is $51,540 for Vase (1900-1905) which sold on July 17th, 2020.

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