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Quotes of the day: Pablo Picasso

Published Friday, October 25, 2013 @ 2:22 AM EDT
Oct 25 2013

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, known as Pablo Picasso (October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Abstract art is only painting. And what’s so dramatic about that? There is no abstract art. One must always begin with something.

Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.

Art is not made to decorate rooms. It is an offensive weapon in the defense against the enemy.

Art is not the application of a canon of beauty, but what the instinct and the brain can conceive independently of that canon... To tell the truth the Parthenon is only a truss on which a roof has been placed.

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Everyone wants to understand painting. Why don’t they try to understand the song of the birds?

Everything you can imagine is real.

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

I do not seek, I find.

I'd like to live like a poor man with lots of money.

If I don't have red, I use blue.

In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt.

It is not what the artist does that counts. But what he is.

It takes a long time to become young.

One must take things where one finds them.

One starts to get young at the age of sixty and then it's too late.

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

Painting isn't an aesthetic operation; it's a form of magic designed as mediator between this strange hostile world and us.

People want to find a meaning in everything and everyone. That's the disease of our age...

People who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree.

The accidental reveals man.

The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.

The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.

The world doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?

There are only two types of women: goddesses and doormats.

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.

When art critics get together they talk about Form and Structure and Meaning. When artists get together they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine.

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