Painted for best effect

20 Jun
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Flassaders

By now you know how very richly decorated Barcelona’s old buildings can be (and often are), but I hadn’t shown you any that have been painted for best effect. About time, don’t you think? OK, well here are a few which I hope will tickle your fancy…

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Avinguda Francesc Cambò

… some are trompe l’oeil (above), some appear to tell a story,  like the one on Carrer Flassaders, and yet others were painted purely for decorative reasons.

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Carrer Carders

All are striking and in this modern age, where adding so much detail to a building is simply too costly, an unusual sight.

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Carrer de la Tarongeta

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Rambla de Calatunya

Sometimes the paint is peeling and flaking, as a result of spending too many hours in the sun, and on some buildings the paint remains only in a niche, and is all but faded…

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Plaça del Padró

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Carrer Grunyi

… but whether baroque in style, with a story to tell, or simply graphic or linear in nature, I love any building that has been painted for best effect!

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Carrer de les Jonqueres

This post is dedicated to my cousin Jacqui, who’s birthday is today, and who is a fine art painter – happy birthday gorgeous girl!

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2 Responses to “Painted for best effect”

  1. Anne Pennekamp June 20, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Het blijft je verbazen. Wat een stad is het toch.

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