Barcelona Photoblog: The Pillars of Catalan Art Nouveau or Modernisme, Palau de la Musica, Barcelona

Saturday, March 10, 2007

The Pillars of Catalan Art Nouveau or Modernisme, Palau de la Musica, Barcelona

Mosaic Covered Pillars or columns at Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona by Domenech i Montaner

The Palau de la Música Catalana built by Lluís Domènech i Montaner between 1905 and 1908 and declared a "World Heritage Site" by UNESCO in 1997 is considered one of the pillars of Catalan Art Nouveau or Modernisme.

In times of industrial expansion, growth of the local bourgeoisie and increasing opposition to Castilian rule a movement of artistic revival or Renaixença comes to life.

An intellectual and cultural development expressed in music, poetry, theatre, newspapers, visual arts, politics or architecture known as modernisme appears.

This sort of "anxiety" about being modern, inspired by France and other European cultural powers, became a generational fight to detach from the conservative society still anchored in the imposed manners of the early eighteenth century Bourbon dynasty.

By the way, many of you already know that it is almost impossible to frame this façade properly as the Palau is surrounded by narrow streets like Sant Pere Mes Alt  thus the odd angle.

If you manage to climb on top of the neighboring buildings and take a good picture just let me know how you did it!


  1. Anonymous1:19 PM

    The picture is beautiful as it is.

  2. Tricky job, but you did it well! Very impressive columns (those are mosaic tiles, right?)

    Intersting info, too - Catalan Renaissance during Modernistic period!

  3. You don't need to climb on a neighboring roof to capture these pillars. Your photo is lovely as it is with clear focus on the varied patterns on each column.

  4. Qué maravilla Carlos!
    es una pena que no tenga una placita enfrente o algo así para darle más bombo, pero bueno, supongo que caminar por una calle estrecha y encontrarte con ese pedazo de edificio de repente también tiene su encanto!

  5. what can I say except WOW! and each one is different in colors and style! I just hope I can be there to take photos too :-)

  6. Anonymous9:18 AM

    Never mind "odd angles", we are glad to see your colourful, clear photos about skillful interests and your descriptions of them.
    Thank you for them!

  7. This is a wonderful photo! It couldn't be any better if it were at a straight angle. What a gorgeous building!

  8. Anonymous11:36 AM

    Very beautiful textures and great composition! If you would like to contribute to my site for artistic high quality photos I would be more than happy! We will post your blog's address to that even more people will have the pleasure of finding it! Hopefully you could find som einspiration there too!

  9. Thanks everyone, Abraham, Isabella (yes those are tiles), Kate, Dsole, Lisi, Mimu, Carol I have a lot of work but I wanted to thank you all for coming. Rock, good to have you back.
    Ralf: thanks for the invitation. I have examined you site and registered already. I liked the list of photographers you have and of course the quality of photographies. I will upload my best (not many) when I resize my originals to your maximum limit.
    See you around.


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