Pablo Picasso Quotes & Wallpapers

Pablo Picasso
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It is not what an artist does that counts...but what he is. Pablo Picasso

Those trying to explain pictures are as a rule completely mistaken. Pablo Picasso

The essential in this time of moral poverty is to create enthusiasm. Pablo Picasso

Basically the French are all peasants. Pablo Picasso

If I had known there was such a thing as Islamic Calligraphy, I would never have started to paint. I have strived to reach the highest levels of artistic mastery, but I found that Islamic Calligraphy was there ages before I was. Pablo Picasso

I imitate everyone except myself. Pablo Picasso

When we discovered cubism, we did not have the aim of discovering cubism. We only wanted to express what was in us. Pablo Picasso

Painting isn't made for the decoration of apartments; it is a weapon to be used offensively and defensively against the enemy. Pablo Picasso

I simply painted images of what was before my eyes; it is for others to find hidden meaning in them. Pablo Picasso

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. Pablo Picasso

We are all born children- the trick is remaining one. Pablo Picasso

It took me a lifetime. Pablo Picasso

It is personality with a penny's worth of talent. Error which chances to rise above the commonplace. Pablo Picasso

For those who know how to read, I have painted my autobiography Pablo Picasso

Museums are just a lot of lies, and the people who make art their business are mostly imposters. We have infected the pictures in museums with all our stupidities, all our mistakes, all our poverty of spirit. We have turned them into petty and ridiculous things. Pablo Picasso

To model an object is to possess it. Pablo Picasso

Nothing can be done without solitude. I've created my own solitude which nobody suspects Pablo Picasso

There's nothing more difficult than a line. Pablo Picasso

Good taste is the enemy of creativity. Pablo Picasso

I don't own any of my own paintings because a Picasso original costs several thousand dollars and that's a luxury I cannot afford. Pablo Picasso

Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Pablo Picasso

Art is a finger up the bourgeoisie ass. Pablo Picasso

Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird? ...people who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree. Pablo Picasso

Neither is there figurative and non-figurative art. All things appear to us in the shape of forms. Even in metaphysics ideas are expressed by forms. Well then, think how absurd it would be to think of painting without the imagery of forms. A figure, an object, a circle, are forms; they affect us more or less intensely. Pablo Picasso

You cannot go against nature. She is stronger than the strongest of men. We can permit ourselves some liberties, but in details only. Pablo Picasso

If you don't know what color to take, take black..... Pablo Picasso

Art is a lie that makes us realise truth ... that is given us to understand. Pablo Picasso

A plagiarist steals from one person. A true artist steals from everybody. Pablo Picasso

All children paint like geniuses. What do we do to them that so quickly dulls this ability? Pablo Picasso

Everything we can dream can be real. Pablo Picasso

How often have I found that wanting to use blue, I didn't have it so I used a red instead of the blue. Pablo Picasso

It is my misfortune - and probably my delight - to use things as my passions tell me. What a miserable fate for a painter who adores blondes to have to stop himself putting them into a picture because they don't go with the basket of fruit! . . . I put all the things I like into my pictures. The things - so much the worse for them. They just have to put up with it. Pablo Picasso

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

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. Pablo Picasso

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

To draw you must close your eyes and sing. Pablo Picasso

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. Pablo Picasso

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary. Pablo Picasso

The hidden harmony is better than the obvious. Pablo Picasso

Are we to paint what's on the face, what's inside the face, or what's behind it? Pablo Picasso

When I was a child, 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. Pablo Picasso

You don't make art, you find it Pablo Picasso

A picture is not thought out and settled beforehand. While it is being done it changes as one's thoughts change. Pablo Picasso

I put in my pictures everything I like. So much the worse for the things - they have to get along with one another. Pablo Picasso

The secret of many of my deformations - which many people do not understand - is that there is an interaction, an intereffect between the lines in a painting: one line attracts the other and at the point of maximum attraction the lines curve in toward the attracting point and form is altered. Pablo Picasso

What I find horrible nowadays is that people are always trying to find a personality for themselves. Nobody bothers about what you might call a painter's ideal... the kind that's always existed... No. They couldn't care less about that. Pablo Picasso

I must keep on trying, just to keep the experiment going until I get tired of it all. Even if the last result is not necessarily the best, I stop when my interest in the problem wanes. Pablo Picasso

I consider a work of art as a product of calculations, calculations that are frequently unknown to the author himself. Pablo Picasso

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 Pablo Picasso

Age only matters when one is aging. Now that I have arrived at a great age, I might as well be twenty. Pablo Picasso

Through art we express our conception of what nature is not. Pablo Picasso

I work with few colors, what creates the illusion of quantity is that they fell in the right place. Pablo Picasso

In art, there is neither past nor future. The art that is not in the present will never be. Pablo Picasso

When you are young and without success, you have only a few friends. Then, later on, when you are rich and famous, you still have a few... if you are lucky. Pablo Picasso

When I paint I feel that all the artists of the past are behind me. Pablo Picasso

Art is not truth; art is the lie which makes us see the truth. Pablo Picasso

The only thing emanating from my pictures should be emotion. Pablo Picasso

I am exhausted if I don't work. Pablo Picasso

Whatever the source of emotion that drives me to create, I want to give it a form which has some connection with the visible world, even if it is only to wage war on that world....I want my paintings to be able to defend themselves to resist the invader, just as though there were razor blades on all surfaces so no one could touch them without cutting his hands. Pablo Picasso

I try to paint what I have found and not what I look for. In art, intentions are of little importance. Pablo Picasso

We must pick out what is good for us where we can find it. Pablo Picasso

We have a lot of reasons but only one real one. Pablo Picasso

You're either a goddess ... or a doormat. Pablo Picasso

The artist spends the first part of his life with the dead, the second with the living, and the third with himself. Pablo Picasso

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

Formerly pictures used to move towards completion in progressive stages. Each day would bring something new. A picture was a sum of additions. With me, picture is a sum of destructions. I do a picture, then I destroy it. But in the long run nothing is lost; the red that I took away from one place turns up somewhere else. Pablo Picasso

The more technique there is, the less there is Pablo Picasso

Don't waste your youth growing up. Pablo Picasso

I am always making that what I am not capable, in an attempt to learn how to doing it. Pablo Picasso

In art, practice always comes before theory. Pablo Picasso



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