Antoni Gaudi was born in Reus in 1852 and began his studies in architecture in Barcelona in 1873. He was taught by Elies Rogent and Josep Fontsere in the spirit of the Catalan Renaixanca, and his work helped usher in the Modernist era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Gaudi took inspiration from the shapes, colors and geometry of nature, and he paid particular attention to even the smallest elements of his work, from tile patterns to door knobs.
Gaudi designed a number of buildings for the Barcelona bourgeoisie, including the Casa Battlo and La Pedrera (both pictured below). Other Gaudi constructions in Barcelona include La Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell.