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Gaudí – The Mosaic Genius of Barcelona

(3 min read) It is impossible to be in Barcelona and not notice Antoni Gaudí’s incredible mosaic artworks. Every mosaic design lover owes a lot to this early 20th century modernism architect who brought freshness, originality and genius to the world of art and architecture.

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Gaudí decorated his city, Barcelona, using his graphic and whimsical imagination. Some say that his work is a constant search for aesthetic and harmony.  He liked to use colorful mosaics made of small ceramic tiles to create unique patterns on his sculptures.

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Trencar Mosaic Technique

Gaudí pioneered a special mosaic design technique called Trencar that is still in vogue and used by a lot of artists today. Trencar, equivalent for “to break” in Catalan, creates mosaic forms and shapes by putting together broken ceramic tiles, plates and cups. It was first used by Gaudí, for decorating the Fincas Güell, the estate of his patron, Eusebi Güell.

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Trencar Mosaic Artworks Technique pioneered by Gaudí

Employing such awesome recycling techniques creates a new stunning visual effects that Gaudí is mostly renown for.

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Casa Batlló Mosaic Artworks

One of Gaudí’s most visited masterpieces, placed in the Passeig de Gracia, the house he restored a century ago for the Batllo family is with no doubt a fairytale. It lies somewhere between mythology, futurism and archeology. From the street you can see gorgeous trencadis mosaic designs all over the facade, an architectural impressionist painting. The interior is made entirely of blue ceramic fragments of waterfall pours down through the lightwell.

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Park Güell Mosaics Designs

The Park Güell is another enchanted place designed by Gaudí: the fairy garden, the Güell Palace and the crypt of the Colonia Güell, would plunge anyone into another world. And more than that the giant salamander at the entrance and the multicolored balcony are just as iconic and will make any mosaic artworks lover fall in love with it at first sight.

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If you have a knack for adventure, great experience and an insatiable appetite for art in general and especially mosaic artworks, book your ticket to Barcelona now! The city has a lot to give but especially Gaudí’s stunning mosaic creations. We promise you’ll have the most unforgettable experience.


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58 Comments

  1. Amber Solis
    January 23, 2019 at 12:22 pm — Reply

    How beautiful! Very inspiring and now I want to visit here as well. Thank you for sharing the beauty and inspiration!

  2. Stacie
    January 23, 2019 at 12:41 pm — Reply

    That artwork is so amazing! I would love to see all of those mosaics in person one day.

  3. Christine
    January 23, 2019 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I would love to travel there someday and see this in person

  4. Joan
    January 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm — Reply

    Now this is what you call art, so beautiful and should really be appreciated. I used to mosaic art when I was young in art class until the school cancelled the lesson and I was disappointed. Nice to know it never really disappeared.

  5. Tara Pittman
    January 23, 2019 at 2:31 pm — Reply

    These mosaics are cool looking. I love the one that is a fountain

  6. Elizabeth weitz
    January 23, 2019 at 2:56 pm — Reply

    What bold and fun colors on these mosaics! Absolutely breathtaking!

  7. Joanna
    January 23, 2019 at 2:59 pm — Reply

    I have been to Barcelona and admired Gaudi’s work both in Park Guell and around the city. Not to mention Sagrada Familia. He was a great visionary and put Barcelona on the touristic map. There are so many people who visit this city just to see his work of art.

  8. Amber Myers
    January 23, 2019 at 4:27 pm — Reply

    Oh wow, how stunning. I would LOVE to see this in person. What magnificent colors.

  9. Bethany Stout
    January 23, 2019 at 6:07 pm — Reply

    These are so beautiful. I love mosaics they are always so interesting. This has inspired me to add some to my garden. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Reese Woods
    January 23, 2019 at 9:02 pm — Reply

    I’ve never seen a place full or more beautiful colors and artwork! I would love to travel there to see it in person one day!

  11. Patricia-Ann Que
    January 23, 2019 at 9:09 pm — Reply

    wow! i love colors so for sure this is a must for me to see! and barcelona? oh my! on top of my list~

  12. Nicole Anderson
    January 23, 2019 at 9:48 pm — Reply

    I was keen on visiting Barcelona before but this post has given me yet another reason to go. Mosaic arts and design are so lovely and the thought of seeing it showcased to such an extent throughout Barcelona is something that makes me want to go even more. Love the photos you included.

  13. Heather
    January 23, 2019 at 10:51 pm — Reply

    I would love to visit Barcelona one day. I love the colors, the buildings and the culture

  14. Alexandra
    January 24, 2019 at 12:40 am — Reply

    I so regret not seeing this last time I was in Spain, but I will be back there in September and visiting for sure. Simply stunning!

  15. Dean
    January 24, 2019 at 6:59 am — Reply

    Oh yes, I definitely agree with you. Gaudi definitely comes into mind every time one mentions Barcelona. I love his colourful designs! Such a genius.

  16. annick
    January 24, 2019 at 7:18 am — Reply

    visited Barcelona with my best friend two years ago and this was one of those amazing places that were just breathtaking in person

  17. Alvern
    January 24, 2019 at 7:49 am — Reply

    This is such an eye-catching piece of work. I have visited Barcelona many years ago but I don’t remember seeing this so I guess it is time to go back there just to see this.

  18. Emmeline
    January 24, 2019 at 8:21 am — Reply

    This is so beautiful! I haven’t been to Barcelona yet despite being on my way several times – this just provides one more reason why I need to go like NOW.

  19. Natalia
    January 24, 2019 at 8:33 am — Reply

    I’ve never realised that Barcelona can be such a beautiful place! The mosaic looks really amazing and impressive. I’ll definitely put Barcelona on my bucketlist. 🙂

  20. Jessi Joachim
    January 24, 2019 at 9:20 am — Reply

    I have been wanting to visit Barcelona. It has always looked like a beautiful city, and these mosaics look like they would be stunning to see in person.

  21. Latte Lindsay
    January 24, 2019 at 9:21 am — Reply

    Mosaics are really beautiful when they are done properly. I would love to see these in real life.

  22. Shweta koul
    January 24, 2019 at 1:38 pm — Reply

    It looks incredible, such a beauty. Seems that you have enjoyed, thanks for sharing your experience.

  23. Yeah Lifestyle
    January 24, 2019 at 4:11 pm — Reply

    Gaudi’s work is absolutely incredible and something everyone should see in their lifetime. The Passeig de Gracia is especially beautiful.

  24. Kara
    January 24, 2019 at 4:32 pm — Reply

    Barcelona is one of my favourite cities and the mosaics are simply beautiful. Would love to see them again

  25. Dennis Littley
    January 24, 2019 at 5:07 pm — Reply

    This mosaic work is absolutely gorgeous. It would be fantastic to see in real life!

  26. Jasmine Hewitt
    January 24, 2019 at 5:26 pm — Reply

    so many beautiful mosaics! Barcelona is amazing with these

  27. Sophia
    January 24, 2019 at 6:34 pm — Reply

    This is so pretty and look at all the beautiful and vibrate colors I would have enjoyed this experience as well.

  28. Paulette
    January 24, 2019 at 6:40 pm — Reply

    Wow amazing beautiful art work very historic. You definitely captured it’s beauty in each photograph.

  29. Bree
    January 24, 2019 at 8:06 pm — Reply

    These mosaics are absolutely stunning! I can’t believe what talent creates these! Just beautiful!!

  30. Chelle Dizon
    January 24, 2019 at 8:49 pm — Reply

    I haven’t hear of Trencar yet and this post is really informative. It is so good to see arts like that. It sounds like Barcelona is a wonderful place.

  31. Catherine Santiago Jose
    January 24, 2019 at 9:20 pm — Reply

    As a Designer I really enjoy and love seeing this kind of architecture from all over the globe. The design looks really amazing and very unique way of wall decor.

  32. Catherine Santiago Jose
    January 24, 2019 at 10:06 pm — Reply

    That is really an amazing and dropped – jaw artwork. Now, I really want to see those artworks personally.

  33. Lorilea
    January 24, 2019 at 10:27 pm — Reply

    This is stunning and would love to see this in person! Your photos were gorgeous!

  34. Tiffany Barry
    January 24, 2019 at 11:05 pm — Reply

    Those mosaics are absolutely stunning! So much color and vibrant movement in them.

  35. Christa
    January 24, 2019 at 11:28 pm — Reply

    Absolutely stunning! Barcelona has long been on my list of places to visit. This makes me want to go even more!

  36. Julie
    January 25, 2019 at 12:45 am — Reply

    How amazing. I love all the beautiful hues of color on the architecture.

  37. Helen Neale
    January 25, 2019 at 1:27 am — Reply

    Sounds like an amazing trip to Spain that’s very much worth it. I’ve never been to Barcelona and this post makes me want to go there now.

  38. Preet
    January 25, 2019 at 1:28 am — Reply

    I have never been to Barcelona and I can say that this is a perfect destination getaway for my whole family. I will def add this to my bucket list, thanks for your guidelines.

  39. Elizabeth O
    January 25, 2019 at 4:33 am — Reply

    These are so beautiful. Barcelona such a beautiful place to visit! Thanks for sharing.

  40. Monidipa Dutta
    January 25, 2019 at 8:24 am — Reply

    I love any place that has artwork. I would love to visit it.

  41. Nayna Kanabar
    January 25, 2019 at 8:35 am — Reply

    What beautiful and intricate designs. These mosaics are so colourful andreally pretty.

  42. absolutey prabulous
    January 25, 2019 at 10:15 am — Reply

    Ok don’t laugh or roll your eyes at me but (!) I’ve been to Barcelona and while I do know Gaudi is a big influence there…I erm…how do I put this?…don’t REMEMBER seeing any Gaudi!! How embarassing. So I’d better book a trip back there to see all this right? 🙂

    • January 25, 2019 at 12:17 pm — Reply

      I really understand! Barcelona is such a rich city and there are tons to see, that is why you probably missed Gaudi. Now you have yet another reason to go to Barcelona again…You’re welcome lol.

  43. Folabest
    January 25, 2019 at 1:12 pm — Reply

    Waoo these are adorable I’d love to visit one day.

  44. Khushboo Motihar
    January 25, 2019 at 1:37 pm — Reply

    This is such a vibrant and colourful place! I loved seeing your photographs. I would love to visit soon 🙂

  45. Sara
    January 25, 2019 at 2:44 pm — Reply

    This is simply stunning! I cannot imagine the time that was involved in this process, but it’s just beautiful!

  46. Summer Mitch Ryan
    January 25, 2019 at 10:42 pm — Reply

    Beautiful! Putting all these colors in a way that’s vibrant and alive is a talent. Barcelona must be beaming with life.

  47. Tala Valino
    January 25, 2019 at 10:49 pm — Reply

    Antoni Gaudi’s mosaic art is truly magical. I remember using eggshells for our mosaic projects when I was a kid. It was my favorite! Hopefully I get to visit Barcelona soon!

  48. Dalene Ekirapa
    January 26, 2019 at 7:12 am — Reply

    How amazing! It is indeed impossible to fail to notice the beauty ofn Barcelona! I mean, the whole city is full of amazing artwork! I’m in olove!

  49. Alma
    January 26, 2019 at 8:43 am — Reply

    Spain is such a beautiful country and this is one of the many reasons why! Thanks for the information!

  50. Peachy
    January 27, 2019 at 5:35 pm — Reply

    Those artworks look amazing and I would love to see them in person! I hope I get to visit someday.

  51. Nina
    January 27, 2019 at 5:55 pm — Reply

    The first time I went to Spain, I went to Parque Guell in Barcelona. It was amazing. I love how much Gaudi stuff you can find in the city.

  52. Hola Cheska
    January 27, 2019 at 7:53 pm — Reply

    As an art lover I must say that this is fantastic. This is such a complicated art to master. My university has some of these too.

  53. Courtney
    January 29, 2019 at 11:43 pm — Reply

    Omg just beautiful!!! Hopefully my travels take me there one day!! I would love to see this for myself

  54. Ruth
    February 4, 2019 at 2:34 pm — Reply

    Mosaics are so pretty and colourful! I love this style of artwork. My auntie and uncle live in Barcelona, i am jealous that they get to see this every single day. It really is a beautiful country from what I’ve seen.

  55. Becca Talbot
    February 7, 2019 at 7:06 pm — Reply

    Hey Chad, I think Gaudi is an absolute genius, I really do! I actually have a post you may be interested in here: https://alwayscarryon.com/2016/06/21/park-guell/ enjoy! x

    • February 8, 2019 at 11:15 am — Reply

      Amazing piece and I can’t agree more, Gaudi is a genius! Can’t wait for the la sagrada familia to open, have you been?

  56. Katie
    February 22, 2019 at 3:00 am — Reply

    This city is so pretty, with colorful art everywhere! I love seeing the local art and culture of new places. It’s inspiring and offers a unique look into a place’s history.

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