In Barcelona even the sky and the houses look like a mosaic of Gaudi. Since I always have stylized my abstract cityscapes in a manner that remind of a colorful mosaic, in this painting I used a stylistic analogy. In the background I abstracted the city that looks like a colorful mosaic pattern and reply aesthetically the mosaic of the serpentine bench of Gaudi painted in the foreground. Then I paint the sky to look also like a colorful mosaic with myriad of colorful thick oil paint applied with palette knife.
BARCELONA VIEW AT SUNRISE - PARK GUELL OF GAUDI palette knife oil painting by Ana Maria Edulescu
THE ORIGINAL PAINTING IS SOLD TO AN ART COLLECTOR FROM FLORIDA, U.S.A.
PRINTS AND CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE.
ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING ON STRETCHED CANVAS, SIZES : HEIGHT - 28 INCHES, WIDTH - 40 INCHES, DEPTH - 1 INCH
In 2010 I traveled to Barcelona and I was impressed by the unique beauty of this city. The richness of the colors, the incredible Gaudi architecture. One of the moments I'll never forget was when I saw the entire Barcelona panoramic view from Park Guell.
Park Guell is a magical park with amazing buildings, sculptures and tile work designed by Antoni Gaudi , who's work is admired by architects around the world as being one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles. Gaudi's work was greatly influenced by forms of nature and this is reflected by the use of curved construction stones, twisted iron sculptures and organic forms.
''Park G�ell (Catalan: Parc G�ell [ˈparɡ ˈɡweʎ]) is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gr�cia district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaud� and built in the years 1900 to 1914. It has an extension of 17.18 ha (0.1718 km�), which makes it one of the largest architectural works in south Europe. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaud�".
Park G�ell is skillfully designed and composed to bring the peace and calm that one would expect from a park. The buildings flanking the entrance, though very original and remarkable with fantastically shaped roofs with unusual pinnacles, fit in well with the use of the park as pleasure gardens and seem relatively inconspicuous in the landscape when one considers the flamboyance of other buildings designed by Gaud�.
The focal point of the park is the main terrace, surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent. The curves of the serpent bench form a number of enclaves, creating a more social atmosphere. Gaud� incorporated many motifs of Catalan nationalism, and elements from religious mysticism and ancient poetry, into the Park.
Roadways around the park to service the intended houses were designed by Gaud� as structures jutting out from the steep hillside or running on viaducts, with separate footpaths in arcades formed under these structures. This minimized the intrusion of the roads, and Gaud� designed them using local stone in a way that integrates them closely into the landscape. His structures echo natural forms, with columns like tree trunks supporting branching vaulting under the roadway, and the curves of vaulting and alignment of sloping columns designed in a similar way to his Church of Col�nia G�ell so that the inverted catenary arch shapes form perfect compression structures.
The large cross at the Park's high-point offers the most complete view of Barcelona and the bay. It is possible to view the main city in panorama, with the Sagrada Fam�lia and the Montju�c area visible at a distance.'' ( Wikipedia'')
February 23rd, 2014
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