Antonio Gaudi was born on June 25, 1852. Gaudi’s mother died when he was a young boy so his father and niece accompanied him most of the time. Antonio Gaudi was never the brightest student in school. He missed class often and his grades weren’t so good either but he did seem to ace only two classes: Geometry and the Project Design course. By this time teachers and others began to realize his talent of drawing. Antonio made drawings illustrating the school newsletter; he designed certain scenes for his school’s theatre.
Gaudi studied in Barcelona majoring architecture, graduating four years later. Gaudi was influenced by very few people that caught his attention. Such as John Ruskin, Violet Duc, and William Morris. They were all writers and even taught architecture in the process. Because of the fact that Gaudi was so interested in architecture, the men that he admired gave him a push to pursue and continue to do what he loved best. He would read and study from day to day. In the process of looking up to those men, Gaudi found himself and created his own personality.
Antonio had blonde hair and blue eyes. He was Mediterranean and he was proud of it but along with his pride came along with a bad temper. Gaudi himself said that he was never able to control it. Eventually, Gaudi was interested in the workers social problems, and began to feel attached to the people that he talked to. This helped his bad temper and attitude for the most part. Antonio’s father had to sell their families property in order to pay for Gaudi’s education. He had to work for the Barcelona builders also.
His first projects were drafting and working on the apse and niche of a church. Gaudi then had the advantage to enjoy everything that he had gone without and couldn’t do during his education as soon as the projects were done. Antonio had a reputation as a “dandy man “. In 1874-1877, Antonio Gaudi had also joined the military at the age of twenty two. He was a draftsman and had been assigned to the Army Infantry in Barcelona. He then took part as an assistant in Military Administration. Though he was never in combat, Gaudi was declared “Glorious
Son of the Motherland” by the end of the Carlist civil war. Gaudi collaborated with an architect by the name of Martorell and decorated the Gilbert pharmacy in Barcelona. They also designed a shooting box that was never built. His collaboration relationship with Martorell allowed him the advantage to take over of what became his most monumental work: the Sagrada Familia. This project was normally managed by a close friend, whom was Gaudi’s former professor. Martorell was offered the position but he did not accept it.
Instead he offered it to Gaudi, who immediately accepted it. Antonio’s next projects were called the Guell Palace and the Astorga Palace. During the first, Gaudi’s daring and innovative ideas shed light on the design and were also in awe of his friend’s ideas. The second was an project that Gaudi happily requested photos and books to get comfortable with the site so that he could adapt his project to its characteristics. In 1910, Antonio Gaudi achieved his greatest project. He gained the interest of Americans in New York who asked him to build a hotel.
All the while, an exhibition was held on all of Gaudi’s work, this was promoted by Guell. It was held in Paris, on April-June. Most of the photographs exhibited were taken one year later to the very First Annual Architecture Show. Gaudi then moved in with his niece and father into his model home built by his assistant. His father then died months later. He then admitted his only niece into a boarding school, where she passed away on January 11, 1912. Not many knew Gaudi personally; they had only known him due to his amazing works. Antonio never put much effort into dressing up.
On June 7, 1926 Gaudi was at an intersection where he was ran over by a train and taxi drivers blatantly refused to take him to a hospital. Police had charged them for not assisting an injured man who was in need of medical attention. Gaudi avoided cameras and refused to talk to journalists. He was in critical condition. No one really knew if he would survive. To many, it seemed as if Antonio was actually ready to go. Gaudi was saddened by his many losses. He had lost his niece, his collaborator Francesc Mestres, his friend Doctor Torras Bages and his father and his best friend Guell.
He was also confronted for professional fees by the Mila family. All while the construction of the Sagrada Familia was endangered by a very serious economic crisis. These were sad events that affected him and stressed him out but it certainly did not limit his energy and desire to see many of his works come into being. Gaudi was determined to come out of his critical condition. He felt as if he had so much more to live for and much more to bless his people with. Gaudi knew within himself that his time to go but he would ignore it. Antonio Gaudi had fulfilled and lived his dreams.
Since he was a young boy, Antonio Gaudi has always considered himself to be an architect. Even when others doubted him, he continued to do what he loved best. Gaudi never gave to much care into how he dressed; he was conformed little and never thought twice about what others thought. Antonio Gaudi died on the date of June 12, 1926, he lived to be the age of 74. Gaudi was indeed a popular man, even those who did not know him paid homage. His body now rests in peace next to the Sagrada Familia, the place that he has worked for 43 years.