Gaudí–Architect of Imagination
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Colorful mosaics, playful flowing forms, imaginative facades—Barcelona shines with the buildings of Antoni Gaudí. How did the son of a Catalan blacksmith become a world-famous architect? The first years of Gaudí’s life were challenging. Because of an illness, young Gaudí couldn’t attend school and was often alone. Many of his days were spent out in nature, which he would later call his great teacher. Even during his training as an architect in Barcelona, his teachers were puzzled, wondering: is he a “genius or a fool?” Many considered his unusual ideas eccentric, sometimes even crazy. But Gaudí was simply ahead of his time. His buildings are now UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Sites.
With an insightful eye into the world of an inspired genius, award-winning author Susan B. Katz tells of Gaudí’s life and work. Linda Schwalbe’s dazzling and powerful illustrations reflect the inventive, daring, and flamboyant style of Gaudí’s work.
Beautifully colored pages are filled with curves and geometric shapes that guide readers through the decades of Gaudi’s life. The pictures flow one to the other just like Gaudi’s creations curve and sparkle. Close attention reveals charming details and additional information.
School Library Journal, starred review
Schwalbe’s stylized acrylic paintings are lively and engaging, full of curves, fantastic shapes, and surprising colors... A solid biography of an important artist.
His life is celebrated in this admiring and eccentric picture-book biography, which opens with Gaudí’s artistic and infirm youth, covers his university training, and surveys several of the most notable mosaics Gaudí designed...A supplemental pick for STEAM and biographical collections.
This is a remarkably interpretive depiction of a genius builder/architect. Gaudi comes to life on the page
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