Modernism: Art Nouveau Architecture Sketched and Explained

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modernism: Art Nouveau Architecture Sketched and Explained

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Art, Art History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    45
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    INTRODUCTION: 
    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.

    CONTENTS
    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

    GRADING
    The final grade will be calculated as follows:
    Class participation (40%) + in-class presentations and projects (40%) + Final paper (20%)