Art offers insight into Spanish way of life
Barcelona, Spain – Art runs rampant in Spain.
Barcelona was decorated by the likes of Antoni Gaudí, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró who each have a distinct flavor to add to the melting pot of this visual culture. It’s amazing to be immersed in such amazing art. Even looking at store signs, pothole covers and buildings reveals the unique aesthetic of Barcelona and Spain.
On a day trip to Salvador Dali’s museum in Figueres, a small Catalonian town, I was able to experience a bizarre and intriguing display of surrealism. The museum was designed by Dali and allows you to step inside his world to experience how he wanted to display his work. Being in a museum created by the artist another dimension to the art. It was more than white walls with framed paintings lifelessly dangling.
Gaudí, an architect, seems to have a firm handle on how to capture the imagination and heart of the Spanish people.
His magic worked on me, too.
Gaudí’s work is very fanciful and designed to entertain the eye. Every tile pattern screams of Spanish flair and culture. Parc Guell is a stunning garden where the beautiful flowers, scenery and intricate tiles are unmatched.
La Sagrada Familia is a massive church that began construction in 1882. The current thinking is that it will be complete by 2040. It’s awesome to think some people will and have spent their whole lives on this one project. That is true dedication to Gaudí’s vision.
Both are trademarks of Barcelona. Gaudí created these elaborate structures with a Spanish point of view, although they are two very different places, and they have become iconic symbols of the city.
Learning about the artists and art of Spain makes me feel more in touch with the people here. It has helped me connect with something held close to their hearts. I relish being able to see the interpretations of Spain through complex artistic minds who knew these streets and beaches well.