Art Nouveau (Moderne) became one of the dominant artistic styles in most countries of the late 19th and early 20th century. Thanks to the outstanding cohort of architects, who were active in Barcelona and other cities in Catalonia at the time, the Catalan Moderne (known as Modernisme in Catalan) occupies a very special place in the context of Art Nouveau in general.
Creation and evolution of Moderne coincided in time with the industrial development of Barcelona, the blossoming of the Catalan culture and its conscious distancing from the Spanish culture. The end result was an inimitable artistic language, created by the Catalan architects of Moderne, and the unprecedented number of their achitectural masterpieces. When we speak about architects of Art Nouveau, the names of Antoni GaudГ, LluГs DomГЁnech i Montaner, Josep Puig i Cadafalch and other renowned Catalan architects, who turned the streets of Catalan towns into art museums, spring to mind.