Modernism: Art Nouveau Architecture Sketched and Explained

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modernism: Art Nouveau Architecture Sketched and Explained

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Art History, Studio Art

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    Modernism is the most idiosyncratic, creative and original of all European Art Nouveau movements. It also gives Barcelona its distinctive image and brings to mind the name of Gaudi. But a general overview of this style will always be slightly misleading just because in Modernism the art is in the detail, and details are what general overviews leave out. This course offers the opportunity to discover the master works of Barcelona?s Art Nouveau architecture and the marvels of design contained in them. The history and cultural context of Modernism will be explained in the classroom. But this course will give special emphasis to the outdoors practice. Students will do sketches in front of the buildings and in the museum discovering and appreciating the often hidden qualities of the flowing Art Nouveau lines. The approach will be much more personal and accurate than if given in the strictly academic fashion.



         - Fluent in English



    The architecture of Gaudi
         - Casa Batlló
         - La Pedrera
         - El Palau Guell

    Exploring Parc Guell
         - Mosaics and Trencadis
         - Texture and light
         - Symbols of Nature and Religion

    The architecture and designs of Josep Maria Jujol
         - The esgrafiats
         -  La Casa del Ous
         - La Casa Negre

    Marvelous objects: the fantasy of modernist interior design
         - Gaspar Homar
         - The iron work
         - The stain glass

    The Gothic revival of Josep Puig I Cadafalch
         - Casa de les Punxes
         - Casa Ametller
         - Palau de la Musica

    The Modernista factory
         - Casa Ramona
         -  La Fábrica Pujol I Bausis
         -  La Fabrica Moncunill

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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