Disciple of Gaudí and ingenious architect in his own right the surviving works of Josep Maria Jujol still seem fresh and innovative to this day.
Josep Maria Jujol was born in Tarragona 16 September 1879. In 1883, he moved with his family to Gracia (once a separate village outside Barcelona). He first studied at the Faculty of Sciences and later at the School of Architecture of Barcelona in 1901, under Domenech i Montaner. After qualifying he began collaborating with Gaudí, remaining close to the great architect until his death in 1927, assisting on projects including La Pedrera, Parc Guell and other works. Jujol taught at the Barcelona School of Architecture.
He was also interested in art and clay sculpture in clay, which informed his architectural work. Although the body of work he left behind is modest it is nonetheless impressive. The contrast between the limited resources employed and the richness and originality of their work is striking. Josep Maria Jujol died in Barcelona on 1 May 1949.