October 17, 2016

Pablo Picasso Quotes

“Accidents, try to change them – it’s impossible. The accidental reveals man.”

“Action is the foundational key to all success.”

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

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

“All human beings are born with the same creative potential. Most people squander theirs away on a million superfluous things. I expend mine on one thing and one thing only: my art.”

“An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.”

“Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.”

“Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.”

“Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.”

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

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

“As far as I am concerned, a painting speaks for itself. What is the use of giving explanations, when all is said and done? A painter has only one language.”

“Beauty?… To me it is a word without sense because I do not know where its meaning comes from nor where it leads to.”

“But they are useless. They can only give you answers.”

“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.”

“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.”

“Disciples be damned. It’s not interesting. It’s only the masters that matter. Those who create.”

“Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.”

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

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

“Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up.”

“Every positive value has its price in negative terms… the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.”

“Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one’s bath like a lump of sugar.”

“Everything you can imagine is real.”

“For a long time I limited myself to one colour — as a form of discipline.”

“Give me a museum and I’ll fill it.”

“God is really only another artist, he made the elephant, giraffe and cat. He has no real style but keeps trying new ideas.”

“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.”

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.”

“He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.”

“I am always doing things I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them.”

“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.”

“I do not seek. I find.”

“I have a horror of people who speak about the beautiful. What is the beautiful? One must speak of problems in painting!”

“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”

“I should like to live like a poor man, with a great deal of money.”

“I would like to manage to prevent people from ever seeing how a picture of mine has been done. What can it possibly matter? What I want is that the only thing emanating from my pictures should be emotion.”

“I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”

“If all the ways I have been along were marked on a map and joined up with a line, it might represent a minotaur.”

“If I spit, they will take my spit and frame it as great art.”

“If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.”

“If there were only one truth, you couldn’t paint a hundred canvases on the same theme.”

“Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.”

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.”

“Is there anything more dangerous than sympathetic understanding?”

“It is personality with a penny’s worth of talent. Error which chances to rise above the commonplace.”

“It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.”

“It means nothing to me. I have no opinion about it, and I don’t care.”

“It takes a long time to become young.”

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

“Love is the greatest refreshment in life.”

“My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”

“My mother said to me, If you become a soldier you’ll be a general; if you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope. Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.”

“Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.”

“Often while reading a book one feels that the author would have preferred to paint rather than write; one can sense the pleasure he derives from describing a landscape or a person, as if he were painting what he is saying, because deep in his heart he would have preferred to use brushes and colors.”

“One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite – that particular peach is but a detail.”

“One must act in painting as in life, directly.”

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

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”

“Painting is a blind man’s profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.”

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”

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

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

“Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.”

“Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting.”

“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.”

“Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.”

“Taste is the enemy of creativeness.”

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.”

“The chief enemy of creativity is “good” sense.”

“The connoisseur of painting gives only bad advice to the painter. For that reason I have given up trying to judge myself.”

“The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.”

“The hidden harmony is better than the obvious.”

“The more technique you have, the less you have to worry about it. The more technique there is, the less there is.”

“The older you get the stronger the wind gets – and it’s always in your face.”

“The people who make art their business are mostly imposters.”

“The people who make art their business are mostly impostors.”

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

“The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?”

“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 the sun.”

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”

“They ought to put out the eyes of painters as they do goldfinches in order that they can sing better.”

“Through art we express our conception of what nature is not.”

“To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.”

“To draw you must close your eyes and sing.”

“To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture.”

“To make oneself hated is more difficult than to make oneself loved.”

“We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.”

“We don’t grow older, we grow riper.”

“We must not discriminate between things. Where things are concerned there are no class distinctions. We must pick out what is good for us where we can find it.”

“What is a face, really? Its own photo? Its make-up? Or is it a face as painted by such or such painter? That which is in front? Inside? Behind? And the rest? Doesn’t everyone look at himself in his own particular way? Deformations simply do not exist.”

“What might be taken for a precocious genius is the genius of childhood. When the child grows up, it disappears without a trace. It may happen that this boy will become a real painter some day, or even a great painter. But then he will have to begin everything again, from zero.”

“When I die, it will be a shipwreck, and as when a huge ship sinks, many people all around will be sucked down with it.”

“When I was a child, my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you will become a general. If you become a monk, then you will end up as Pope.’ Instead, I became a painter, and wound up as Picasso.”

“When I work I relax; doing nothing or entertaining visitors makes me tired.”

“When we did Cubist paintings, our intention was not to produce Cubist paintings but to express what was within us. No one laid down a course of action for us, and our friends the poets followed our endeavour attentively but they never dictated it to us.”

“When you start with a portrait and search for a pure form, a clear volume, through successive eliminations, you arrive inevitably at the egg. Likewise, starting with the egg and following the same process in reverse, one finishes with the portrait.”

“Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?”

“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.”

“Work is a necessity for man. Man invented the alarm clock.”

“You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea.”

“You mustn’t always believe what I say. Questions tempt you to tell lies, particularly when there is no answer.”