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Famous People from Barcelona
(1852-07-25 - 1926-06-10 )
, Address in Barcelona: Plaça de Montcada 12/Carrer d'Espaseria 10/Carrer de la Cadena 22
If we want a great Catalonia, it must be through the help of everybody, and we all have to live with dignity.
This renowned Catalan Art Nouveau architect contributed immensely to the city's appearance. Born in a small town in the Tarragona Province, sometime between 1873 and 1877 he studied at the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura in Barcelona. He was fascinated by nature, incorporating many of its elements into his designs, developing his own unique style, often employing ceramics and stained glass. He became popular as he gained support from the rich Count Eusebi de Güell, whose name bears the famous garden complex, one of Gaudí's projects. His other major buildings include Casa Milà (La Pedrera), Casa Batlló and Crypt of the Church of Colònia Güell. His unfinished masterpiece, to which he devoted over 40 years of his life, is Sagrada Familia, the Holy Family Roman Catholic Basilica, which is still under construction. Sadly, Gaudí died in an accident – run over by a tram, he went unrecognised and was taken to a pauper's hospital in Barcelona.
Jorge Luis Borges
(1899-08-04 - 1986-06-14 )
Ugly, vulgar, strident. Rectangular and filthy city...
While this Argentinian short-story writer is primarily famed for his classic tales of fantasy and imaginary worlds, his reputation was also built upon his poems and essays. As a 9-year-old boy, he translated Oscar Wilde's 'The Happy Prince' into Spanish, which was only his first literary achievement. Borges' initial volume of poetry, titled 'Fervor de Buenos Aires,' was published in 1923. His significant collections of essays include 'Discusion' (1932), 'Historia de la Eternidad' (A History of Eternity, 1936) as well as 'Otras Inquisiciones' (Other Inquisitions, 1952). 'La Biblioteca de Babel' (The Library of Babel, 1941) and 'The Garden of Forking Paths' (retitled Ficciones, 1941) are listed among his most celebrated short stories. 'Historia universal de la infamia' (A Universal History of Infamy) was a series of sketches issued from his pen in 1935.
(1881-10-25 - 1973-04-08 )
, Address in Barcelona: Nou de la Rambla 6
Born in Malaga, Spain, Picasso would become the most interesting artist of the 20th Century who mostly painted abstract faces, figures and landscapes. Apart from being a painter, he also explored sculpture, ceramics and engraving and altogether created over 20,000 treasures of art in a number of styles. Picasso's art pieces are sometimes arranged in 'Periods'. Images from the Blue Period usually depicted sorrow and poverty, while the Rose Period was characterized by subjects from circus like acrobats. In 1907, he launched Cubism with his masterpiece 'Les Demoiselles d'Avignon', portraying prostitutes in a brothel. His massive antiwar painting 'Guernica' (1937) was inspired by the bombing of the town of Guernica in the Spanish Civil War. The genius died in Mougins, France.
(1904-05-11 - 1989-01-23 )
, Address in Barcelona: Gran Via Corts de Catalanes
In Barcelona you will eat the best fish of the Mediterranean. Add to this the true art of preparing dishes, which I do not hesitate to call philosophic and Homeric.
Considered the greatest Surrealist and one of the most famous artists of the 20th Century, Dali's output included paintings, sculpture, book illustrations, jewellery design and work for theatre and film (collaborations with Luis Bunuel and a dream sequence in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Spellbound', 1945). He also wrote a pretentious autobiography, 'The Secret Life of Salvador Dali' (1942) and a novel, 'Hidden Faces' (1944). Dali had a knack for self-presentation and cultivated exhibitionism and eccentricity. His iconic dream-like paintings include 'The Lugubrious Game' (1929), 'The Persistence of Memory' (1931), 'Burning Giraffe', 'Metamorphosis of Narcissus' and 'Swans Reflecting Elephants' (1937)
(1893-04-20 - 1983-12-25 )
, Address in Barcelona: 4 Pasaje del Crédito (Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter)
One of Spain's leading abstract Surrealist (and at times Cubist) artists, Joan Miro practised a style combining bright colours with simplified forms, bringing to mind the naïve, innocent drawings made by five-year-old children. Among his best-known paintings is a pleasurable moon-like landscape 'The Farm' (1921-22), Miro's true masterpiece. His other famous pictures include 'Tilled Field' (1923-24), full of bewildering details; 'The Kiss' (1924); 'The Harlequin's Carnival' (1924-25); 'Dog Barking at the Moon' (1926); 'Relief Construction' (1930); the artist's response to the Spanish Civil War, 'Still Life with Old Shoe' (1937); 'The Poetess' (1940) and the charmingly poetic 'Constellation Series' (1940-41). Miro was also a productive printmaker and sculptor.
(1946-05-12 - )
, Address in Barcelona: Fundación Internacional José Carreras, Muntaner 383
My hobbies? I like collecting Art Deco objects, and I'm a loyal fan of the FC Barcelona soccer club
One of the most prominent opera tenors of his generation, Carreras was born in Barcelona and lived there until 1951, when his family decided to move to Argentina, only to return a year later. He was raised in Sants, a working class neighbourhood of the Catalan capital. Fascinated by Mario Lanza, he showed a talent for singing, and at the age of 8 he gave his first public performance, namely 'La donna è Mobile' on Spanish National Radio. Later, he attended the prestigious Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu, taking private lessons at the same time. His international debut was a performance of 'Maria Studarda' in 1971 at the Royal Festival Hall in London. His career flourished throughout the 1980s, but it was in the 90s that he gained world renown as one of the Three Tenors, giving spectacular concerts along with Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. He’s also known as the founder of the José Carreras International Leukemia Foundation in Barcelona, as he suffered and recovered from leukemia himself.
Lluís Domènech i Montaner
(1850-12-21 - 1923-12-27 )
This Barcelona-born architect was an influential representative of the Catalan Art Nouveau. His two most famous designs, Hospital de Sant Pau and Palau de la Música Catalana, are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. All of his buildings reflect Catalan’s unique style with characteristic ornamentation inspired by Arabic architecture. The Barcelonian restaurant El Castell dels 3 Dragons, today's Zoological Museum, introduces an innovative blend of iron and ceramics. Domènech i Montaner was initially a student of physics and the natural sciences, and gained a title as an architect in 1873, devoting himself afterwards to an academic career as a professor and director at the Escola d'Arquitectura. What's more, for one period in his life he was a prominent politician of the Catalan Autonomist Movement.
(1877-11-22 - 1930-07-30 )
, Address in Barcelona: Sant Gervasi de Cassoles district
The Barcelona Football Club cannot and will not die. If nobody is prepared to do it, then I'll make it my responsibility from now on.
Know also as Hans Kamper, he was the founder and president of FC Barcelona, as well as other football clubs in Switzerland and Spain. Born in Winterthur, from his youngest years he was a devoted sport enthusiast, starting with running and cycling, to playing football, rugby, tennis and golf. In 1898, he paid a visit to his uncle Emili Gaissert in Barcelona, and he loved the city so much that he decided to stay there. Joan Gamper is actually his name in Catalan, which he learned to speak fluently. In October of 1899, Gamper placed a famous advertisement in Los Deportes, with the intention of forming a football club. The respondents – prominent Swiss, British and Catalan fans – gathered at the Gimanasio Sole on November 29 of that same year, and this is how FC Barcelona was established. In 1908, the club's founder became its president. He devoted 25 years to the club and thanks to his efforts the players eventually got their own stadium. Sadly, his career ended with a personal failure, as he had to take responsibility for the inappropriate behaviour of some Barça fans promoting Catalan nationalism. Nevertheless, the Joan Gamper Trophy, created in his honour, is a symbol of the huge appreciation for all of his efforts.