Permanyer L. A Stroll Through Modernista Barcelona
Modernista architecture was not only the product of the convictions of
innumerable architects, it also received the unconditional support of
property owners. A series of favorable social conditions, but above all
this meeting of passions, led to the emergence of Barcelona's Eixample, a
unique urban project. The Gothic and Modernisme together constitute the
architectural triumphs that mark the difference between Barcelona and
other cities in the world. Paradoxically, however, Modernisme
subsequently underwent a long purgatory characterized by irreparable
mutilations and demolitions. Thanks to the prestige of Gaudi and
admirers of the movement all over the world, monuments to this
architectural style have now been recovered. The municipal campaign
Barcelona, posa't guapa (Barcelona, make yourself beautiful) recently
managed to restore the Eixample's genuine polychrome image, which had
been concealed beneath the uniformity and unrelenting grayness of dirt.
Thanks to this, today's Barcelonans have rediscovered this fascinating
page in the history of their city and are now fully aware of their duty
to preserve the modernista legacy. In the pages of this book we discover
an array of astonishing works by following an itinerary designed to be
both instructive and pleasurable. A stimulating promenade, with none of
the characteristics of a simple catalog, on which the reader will be
able to discover, admire and savor the best of Modernisme.
Photographs: Melba Levick.