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Els Quatre Gats (Catalan pronunciation: [əɫs ˈkwatɾə ˈɣats], Catalan for "The Four Cats"), often written Els 4 Gats, was a café in Barcelona which opened on 12 June 1897. It also operated as a hostel, a cabaret, a pub and a restaurant. Active until 1903, Els Quatre Gats became one of the main centers of Modernisme in Barcelona. The artist Ramon Casas i Carbó largely financed this bar on the ground floor of Casa Martí (1896), a building by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch in Carrer Montsió near the center of Barcelona. Els Quatre Gats was reconstructed during the transition to democracy, in 1978. Pablo Picasso visited this pub–restaurant often in his early art career.