By Nancy Todd Comments: The Blogdog
Every artist has to start somewhere. Perhaps as a design experiment, Antoni Gaudí, stirred in all his ingredients for the Casa Vicens house, many of which appear in moderation in his later works. On the façade of the famous architect’s first completed building (1888), he combined rough stone, iron, dark red bricks, flowered ceramic tiles, culminating into a dizzying, corbelling cake.
The Moorish influence is an addition to this Barcelona art. Kelly green and white tiles form a runaway checkerboard motif. As if that weren’t enough, tiles with yellow marigolds are interspersed. Two minarets are at the top of the roof. My eyes whirl at the goopiness of this concoction. Manuel Vincens y Montaner, who commissioned Gaudí for this home, owned a brick and tile manufacturing company. I conclude that sales must have been down in 1887 with overstock in the tile department. Therefore, they were used on Casa Vicens. Antoni, what were you on?
The palm leaf fence is a marvel with 89 iron leaves planted along the fence. Intricate in itself, but adding to the confusing frosting on this cake. This is the pinnacle of Gaudí being gaudy. OMG. A disaster to my eyes. And, I would never say this at a Catalan dinner party.
Negu, The Blogdog:“Toni, dah-ling. What were you thinking with this Casa Vicens nightmare? Were you on something? You must send me the name of your source. ”
Where: Carrer de les Carolines, 24
When: Anytime. View from outside only. Not open to the public.
Getting there: Green line, Fontana Metro