Pobla de Segur (1971), oil on canvas 68 × 92 cm. Banc de Sabadell Collection. By Catalan artist Miquel Villa Bassols (1901-1988). Villa Bassols spent several years in Paris in the 1920s, and there he frequented Jean Fautrier, Marcel Duchamp, Josep Togores, Pancho Cossío and sculptor Pablo Gargallo, and got the influence of Cezanne and Renoir, among others. The painting reproduces a concrete bridge on the river near La Pobla de Segur, a village in the Pyrinees, where the 9th SEM Introductory Course to Microbiological Research was held in July 4 through 8, 2005. Concrete, like other inert materials used in the building industry, can be deteriorated by the presence and activities of surface-associated microorganisms. (See this monographic issue devoted to Biodeterioration and Biodegradation)