1907 – 1960
Age of Global Conflict

Picasso's The Reservoir, Horta de Ebro


Pablo Picasso, The Reservoir, Horta de Ebro, oil on canvas,
summer 1909, 24-1/8 x 20-1/8" (MoMA, fractional and promised gift)

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

Note: The painting's title Horta de Ebro is the name Picasso used for the small village of Horta de Sant Joan. Also, I goofed: in this audio, I say that Horta de Sant Joan is in southern Spain—in fact, I should have said southwestern Catalonia, which is, northeastern Spain. (SZ)

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Jonathan Stanley wrote on Sunday, December 20, 2009

This village was called Horta de Ebro when Picasso visited it and painted it. The name was changed to Horta de Sant Joan later (in the 20s or 30s I think) by a mayor who renamed it after his favourite Saint!

Sharon Farrah wrote on Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Cubism is one of Picasso's type of paintings that he did but I still am moved more by the human figures in conflict or animal figures such as Guernica

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The Reservoir, Horta de Ebro
Horta de Sant Joan, Catalonia, Spain
summer 1909
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