Antoni Gaudí and the Barcelona Print

Barcelona Block Print by Wandering Paper Co.

As those of you following me on Instagram know, I recently took a trip to Spain and Italy with my family, so I’ve decided to make a print for the places we visited. Like any good vacation, the trip left me refreshed and ready to come home and do something creative!

Our first stop was Barcelona, home to famous architectural genius Antoni Gaudí.

The view of Sagrada Familia from los bunkers in Spain
The view of Sagrada Familia from los bunkers in Spain
Enjoying the beautiful views at los bunkers in Barcelona
Enjoying the beautiful views at los bunkers in Barcelona

Gaudí was a Spanish Catalan architect whose work was influenced by his love of nature. You can see these influences in the natural forms of his buildings, which are designed in his unique Modernist style.

 

Park Güell, designed by Antoni Gaudí
Park Güell, designed by Antoni Gaudí
A tile mosaic by Antoni Gaudí at Park Güell in Barcelona
A tile mosaic by Antoni Gaudí at Park Güell in Barcelona
Found some shade on the mosaic benches at Park Güell
Found some shade on the mosaic benches at Park Güell

The Manzana de la Discordia or Block of Discord, is a famous collection of Modernist buildings along the Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona. These buildings showcase the contrasts between different architectural trends of the time. At the end of the block, standing proudly in bright green, is Casa Batlló, by Gaudí.

Casa Batllo
Casa Batllo
Casa Batllo
Casa Batlló, by Antoni Gaudí

 

Detail of Casa Batllo
Details of Casa Batllo
Detail of Casa Batllo
Details of Casa Batllo

Inspired by Casa Batlló, I decided that my first European print would be of the Block of Discord in Barcelona. I love the way Gaudí’s organic design contrasts with the more structured Modernist buildings next to it. Now whenever I look at the print, I remember standing on the street in Barcelona, staring up in awe at Gaudí’s architectural wonder.

Barcelona Block Print by Wandering Paper Co.
Barcelona Block Print

Published by Alex Hughes

I am a graphic designer from Dallas who loves printmaking, travel, illustration, soccer, and psychology. I love personality tests too--I'm an INFP married to an ENFJ.

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