Photographer's Note

Barcelona was a centre of a cultural movement called Modernisme (Catalan Modernism) led by a group of intellectuals that were anti-traditionalists. This style of Art Noveau started in about 1888. Antoni Gaudi was an extraordinary architect who designed a number of buildings in Barcelona including Casa Batllo on the Passeig de Gracia (built in 1877 but remodelled in 1904-1906). Locally this house is called 'Casa dels ossos' (House of Bones) because of the skeletal-like architecture with exterior balconies like skulls and pillars like bones. The house was designed for Josep Batllo, a wealthy aristocrat who lived with his family on the lower two floors while the upper floors were rented as apartments. Gaudi found much of his inspiration for his work from marine life with coral corals and flowing shapes of the stonework. Nothing appears to have straight lines. Mosaics of broken ceramic tiles were used to decorate parts of Casa Battlo. The exterior of Casa Battlo is shown in the WS. I thought that I would show the interior demonstrating the flowing shapes of a staircase that goes up to the roof. Gaudi paid a lot of attention to capturing natural light throughout the house. This photo was taken using this natural light.

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