In places of Ports, "the restless soul" of the young painter Pablo Ruiz Picasso found "inspiration source". Picasso stayed in Horta de Sant Joan two times: the first time, for eight months in 1898 and 1899, he went there with Manuel Pallarés to recover from scarlet fever; the second time, in 1909, with Fernande Olivier, he spent an entire summer dedicated to artistic creation.

The scenery and atmosphere of Horta in the end of 19th century and the beginning of 20th century marked a creative spirit of Picasso. If in this fantastic country Perucho discovered "the meaning and hidden meaning of the existence of the world"; the famous painter experienced his "purest emotions", as he confessed in a sent letter to the surrealistic writer Guillaume Apollinaire. All of that led he to affirm that "everything I know I learned in Horta".

The Horta of Picasso can be seen in the halls of the old hospital of th town, office of Centre Picasso d'Horta, where there are faithful copies of almost 200 works created in the town and other facsimiles of paintings painted in Paris and New York but inspired in Horta.

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