Barcelona and Modernity

Picasso, Gaudí, Miró, Dalí

William H. Robinson, Jordi Falgàs, and Carmen Belen Lord; Foreword by Robert Hughes

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A major new study of the artists and events surrounding the epochal Catalonian modern art movement.

During the years after the September Revolution of 1868, Barcelona experienced tremendous industrial growth and emerged as the most politically and culturally progressive city in Spain. Barcelona and Modernity examines this remarkable seventy-one-year period, when Barcelona also reigned as one of the most dynamic centers of modernist art and architecture in Europe. Focusing on the Catalan Renaixença, Modernisme, Noucentisme, avant-garde movements of the early 20th century, and artistic reactions to the Spanish Civil War, essays by an extraordinary international team of scholars offer new insights into the work of such Catalan artists as Antoni Gaudí, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Salvador Dalí, among others, by setting them in context with the art of their teachers, colleagues, and rivals.

With approximately 350 works in a variety of media—painting, sculpture, photography, furniture, decorative arts, and architectural design—this intriguing book also explores how Catalan artists derived inspiration from local traditions while contributing their own innovations to international modernism. Broader in scope than any previous treatment of the subject, this book is sure to alter popular perceptions of Catalonia and become a fundamental text for years to come.

William H. Robinson is Curator of Modern European Art and Jordi Falgàs is Cleveland Fellow in Modern Art, both at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Carmen Belen Lord is an independent art historian and specialist in the history of Spanish art.


The Cleveland Museum of Art (October 15, 2006 – January 7, 2007)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (March 7 – June 3, 2007)

"Cultural history as it should be - glamorous, inventive, far-reaching, and reclaiming for the visual image its role in the history of ideas. Great art is usually local art: this is a rich account of Spain's distinctive contribution to European modernism."---Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times Magazine

"For any who seek an introduction to Catqalan art, architecture, sculpture and the applied arts, this catalogue is essential."---Brian Sewell, Evening Standard

"...a visual education for all but the most specialised specialists."---David Ekserdjian, The Spectator
ISBN: 9780300121063
Publication Date: November 15, 2006
Co-publisher: Published in association with the Cleveland Museum of Art
524 pages, 9 x 12
600 color illus.

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