Reservoir at Horta (1909) by Pablo Picasso

Reservoir at Horta - Pablo Picasso - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleReservoir at Horta
ArtistPablo Picasso
Dimensions61.5 x 51.1 cm
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US
Location Created Spain

About Reservoir at Horta

The artwork “Reservoir at Horta” is an oil painting created by Pablo Picasso in 1909, embodying the aesthetic principles of the Cubist movement. Measuring 61.5 by 51.1 centimeters, this cityscape serves as a striking representation of its genre. Currently housed at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, NY, USA, it was crafted in Spain and showcases the groundbreaking approach to form and perspective that marked an epoch in the history of art.

This particular work by Picasso dismantles the traditional portrayal of a cityscape and reconstructs it using geometric shapes and interlocking planes, resulting in a fragmented and abstracted view of the urban environment. The artwork displays a muted palette of earth tones, with shades of orange, brown, and gray dominating the composition. The arrangement of shapes creates an illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface, inviting the viewer to interpret the scene through multiple vantage points simultaneously. The juxtaposition of geometric forms and the subtle gradation of color give depth to the structures, suggesting the play of light and shadow within the urban landscape. Through the cubist lens, Picasso deconstructs the Reservoir at Horta and reassembles it into an avant-garde and timeless piece, challenging viewers to reconsider their perception of reality.

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