Joan Rubió, the forgotten Art Nouveau artist

Joan Rubió i Bellver is a Catalan Art Nouveau architect, his figure is mostly unknown, although he had a close relationship with great figures such as Gaudí. His work, however, speaks of him in many of the streets of Barcelona. Who would not recognize the beauty of Casa Golferichs or Casa Pomar?


Joan Rubió was a contemporary architect of great Art Nouveau artists. Rubió was taught by Domènech i Montaner together with Puig i Cadafalch at the School of Architecture and was later a disciple of Gaudí. He worked with him on some of his best-known projects, for example: the Sagrada Familia, the Casa Batlló, the Parc Güell or the restoration of the Colònia Güell together with Francesc Berenguer, another great collaborator of Gaudí.

At the end of the 19th century, when he left the School of Architecture, he began collaborating with Gaudí, who was already known as an architect at a national level. A few years passed before Rubió began to have his own projects. Casa Canals (1899-1900) is the first known building built by Rubió, followed by the well-known Casa Golferichs (1900-1901). These first two projects are followed by many Art Nouveau constructions scattered throughout Barcelona and other national territories. Some of them have become photogenic settings for those interested in Barcelona’s culture, such as the neo-Gothic bridge at Carrer del Bisbe or Casa Pomar.



Joan Rubió was, in addition to an architect, a figure involved in the politics of his time. He was elected alderman by the Lliga Regionalista in November 1905. Puig i Cadafalch was also involved in this formation during similar years, also having an active political life.

Rubió not only took part in politics, but he also took part in various religious associations such as the Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc or the Associació Espiritual de la Mare de Déu de Montserrat, which brought together different intellectuals of the time with similar ideas. These associations were related to the most important cleric of the time: Josep Torras i Bages, a friend of both Rubió and Gaudí, and were of great importance in defining the conservative Catalanism that characterised the Regionalist League at that time.

Joan Rubió, in short, was a very active figure of his time who wanted to leave his mark, collaborating with great artists and intellectuals of his time in both politics and architecture.

Did you know him?

Source: Solà-Morales Rubió, Ignasi. Joan Rubió i Bellver y la fortuna del gaudinismo. Barcelona: La Gaya Ciencia, 1975. Printed

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