Modernist housing


Modernist housing


Modernist housing

Some of the bourgeois homes of Barcelona are the settings for the production of the best artists of the time.  Throughout the day everything from business meetings to family visits were held.  The perfect social showroom.  This explains a certain exhibitionist luxury in certain interior spaces.  A large dwelling full of paintings, sculptures, porcelain, rugs, curtains and other ornaments.  The work of the corresponding maintenance becoming essential among the household tasks.   

The atmosphere of the bourgeois domestic life is not possible to understand without the new worship of objects, to which the Modernist artists would incorporate the new taste based on the recuperation of traditional craftwork.  In this way they would take advantage of the major popularity of these complements, from jewels to small decorative objects, which evoked the sensual ambience of the end of the century.   

A privileged setting of Modernist architecture and interiors can be found in the Passeig de Gràcia, where the wealthiest families of the city settled. Here it is worth highlighting the well-known  “Mançana” (or Block) of the Discord, that groups together the Casa Lleó Morera, the Casa Batlló and the Casa Amatller, presenting, respectively, the architects Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Antoni Gaudí and Josep Puig i Cadafalch. 


Four-leafed glass door batents

This work has been selected for the project «Partage Plus – Digitising and Enabling Art Nouveau for Europeana»


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