Vibrant Photos Let You Explore Antoni Gaudí’s Colorful ‘Casa Vicens’ in Vivid Detail

Casa Vicens Barcelona

In 1885, Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí completed Casa Vicens, his first of many major commissions. Beautifully blending hints of Art Nouveau with Moorish elements, this mesmerizing building is celebrated as the catalyst of Catalan Modernisme, a style that Gaudí pioneered and perfected. In order to showcase what makes it so special, Barcelona-based photographer David Cardelús offers a glimpse inside the site in his series, Photographing Heritage. The Vicens House.

Like other works by Gaudí, Casa Vicens is famous for its details, which include hand-painted mosaics, multifoil arches, and geometric motifs. In addition to these decorative and architectural elements, Casa Vicens is renowned for its vibrant color palette, which Cardelús sought to emphasize in his photographs.

“Color is one of the things I love most in architectural photography because it helps me to catch the viewer's attention really fast, to make them stop and stare at what I try to show them,” he tells My Modern Met. “I have photographed some other buildings by Gaudí–Casa Batlló, Gaudí Crypt, Palau Güell, and El Capricho–and color is always key in how we communicate the buildings; different color palettes, but always color everywhere.”

Cardelús was commissioned to photograph Casa Vicens by the site's building managers. Specifically, he was asked to “communicate the building in digital markets by highlighting its distinctive features.” Fortunately for Cardelús, this kind of focus is not a foreign concept; in fact, it's central to his entire practice, and, unsurprisingly, has been fueled by his appreciation for Gaudí.

“In architectural photography, there are colors, shapes, and lines, and it is my intent to capture them in a frame that is as harmonic as possible,” he tells us. “Photographing Gaudí is always a privilege and nothing compares to it when you have been raised in Barcelona. I hope that I will be able to photograph all of Gaudí’s works . . . some day.”

Take a vibrant tour of the Casa Vicens, an opulent building designed by Catalan master Antoni Gaudí.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by David Cardelús.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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