Manel Llopis House
Gallissà House (Gignàs Street)
De la Riva House
Sant Esteve Church
In Esplugues de
In Lloret de Mar:
In El Papiol:
In Vilassar de Mar:
Born in Barcelona in 1861.
Graduated from the School of Architecture of Barcelona - of which he was later a
professor - in the year 1885.
He collaborated intensely with
Lluís Domènech i Montaner,
with whom he carried out works such as the "Castell dels tres dragons" (The castle of
the three dragons) at the present Museum of Zoology in Barcelona, where he was
responsible for the workshop, the Palau de la Música
Catalana (Catalonian Music Palace) and other buildings.
Also he collaborated with other important architects of his era such as Elies
Rogent and Josep Maria Jujol.
The architecture of Gallissà is characterized for a new personal style
based in the past of the national Catalan architecture and especially in the
rural style of the ancestral houses and the "masias" (typical rural house of
Catalonia). In the Manel Llopis House in Barcelona, the Arabic influence is
As with many of the artists of the period, he also became involved in political activity
within the field of Catalanism, participating in the edition of the "Bases
of Manresa", a document in which the national Catalonian demands were collected
during the period of the Renaixença (a XIXth century period with a strong
recovery of Catalan national arts and culture), from his position as president of the "Unió
Catalanista" (a Catalanist conservative political party).
Antoni Maria Gallissà died in Barcelona at the age of 42 years, the year 1903,
ending a brilliant career with a very interesting body of work already carried out, and the expectation of
further brilliant executions to come.
This was the main activity and he developed it, following the plans of his master
Lluís Domènech i Montaner, by combining a very refined technique with an exhaustive
taste for decoration.
He took advantage of this aspect to reafirm the national spirit of Catalonia,
in line with what his teacher had marked with his essay "En busca
nacional" (In search of a national -
Gallissà dedicated a significant effort to the design of other aspects of his
work that were not
exclusively architectural. Because of this he is also known by his designs of
furniture, ornamentation, mosaics, sgraffito's and other themes far removed from the
architecture itself, such as the design for flags and banners, and historic writings
and research, etc.
Inside this chapter we see a series of important works by him, such as the
ornamental street lamps of Carrer Ferran in Barcelona, wich he carried out
in 1902 - a year before his death - and wich were inspired by designs on medieval floor tiles,
of wich he was also a collector. The design of the banner of the Orfeó Català (The
most important Catalan Choral society) is his work also.