Pablo Picasso Quotes & Wallpapers

Pablo Picasso
Total Quotes: 474

Photography has arrived at the point where it is capable of liberating painting from all literature, from the anecdote, and even from the subject. In any case, a certain aspect of the subject now belongs to the domain of photography. So shouldn't painters profit from their newly acquired liberty, and make use of it to do other things? Pablo Picasso

The quality of a painter depends on the amount of past he carries with him. Pablo Picasso

Style is besides the point. Nobody would pay attention if one always said the same thing, in the same words and the same tone of voice. Pablo Picasso

I paint the way some people write an autobiography. The paintings, finished or not, are the pages from my diary. Pablo Picasso

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. Pablo Picasso

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

Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working. Pablo 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. Pablo Picasso

Anything new, anything worth doing, can't be recognized. Pablo Picasso

It takes a long time to become young. Pablo Picasso

Every positive value has its price in negative terms... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima. Pablo Picasso

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

To make oneself hated is more difficult than to make oneself loved. Pablo Picasso

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. Pablo Picasso

Painting is not made to decorate apartments. It's an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy. (about Guernica). Pablo Picasso

We artists are indestructible; even in a prison, or in a concentration camp, I would be almighty in my own world of art, even if I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my cell. Pablo Picasso

The older you get the stronger the wind gets and it's always in your face. Pablo Picasso

There ought to be an absolute dictatorship... a dictatorship of painters... a dictatorship of one painter... to suppress all those who have betrayed us... Pablo Picasso

The goal I proposed myself in making cubism? To paint and nothing more... with a method linked only to my thought... Neither the good nor the true; neither the useful nor the useless. Pablo Picasso

If I paint a hammer and sickle people may think it is a representation of Communism, but for me it is only a hammer and sickle. I just want to reproduce the objects for what they are, not for what they mean. Pablo Picasso

An artist must be very careful not to look for models. As soon as one artist takes another as model, he is lost. There is no other point of departure than reality. Pablo Picasso

I am a communist and my painting is a communist painting. But if I were a shoemaker, Royalist or Communist or anything else, I would not necessarily hammer my shoes in any special way to show my politics. Pablo Picasso

You have to start somewhere. You can always erase reality later on. Pablo Picasso

Even if the painting is green, well then! The 'subject' is the green. There is always a subject; it's a joke to suppress the subject, it's impossible. Pablo Picasso

What I want is that my picture should evoke nothing but emotion. Pablo Picasso

I want to know one thing, what is color? Pablo Picasso

What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing. Pablo Picasso

Lord, protect me from what I want! Pablo Picasso

For me painting is a dramatic action in the course of which reality finds itself split apart Pablo Picasso

The best calculation is the absence of calculation. Once you have attained a certain level of recognition, others generally figure that when you do something, it's for an intelligent reason. So it's really foolish to plot out your movements too carefully in advance. You're better off acting capriciously. Pablo Picasso

I am only a public entertainer who understands his time. Pablo Picasso

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist while still achieving milestones and outcomes as required by certain funders and policy-makers. Pablo Picasso

Something sacred, that's it. We ought to be able to say that such and such a painting is as it is, with its capacity for power, because it is "touched by God." Pablo Picasso

If there is something to steal, I steal it. Pablo Picasso

The important thing is to create. Nothing else matters; creation is all. Pablo Picasso

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

Never copy yourself, always copy someone else. Pablo Picasso

If one knows exactly what is going to be done, why do it? Pablo Picasso

Sex and art are the same thing. Pablo Picasso

The academic teaching on beauty is false. We have been misled, but so completely misled that we can no longer find so much as a shadow of a truth again. The beauties of the Parthenon, the Venuses, the Nymphs, the Narcisusses, are so may lies. Art is not the application of a canon of beauty, but what the instinct and the brain can conceive independently of that canon. Pablo Picasso

The earth doesn't have a housekeeper to do the dusting. Pablo Picasso

Art sweeps the everyday dust from your soul. Pablo Picasso

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. Pablo Picasso

[Remark to Herbert Read, while at a children's art exhibition:] When I was the age of these children I could draw like Raphael: it took me many years to learn how to draw like these children. Pablo Picasso

In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt. Pablo Picasso

People who read are people who dream. Pablo Picasso

For me, there are two kinds of women - goddesses and doormats. Pablo Picasso

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. Pablo Picasso

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

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. Pablo Picasso

Love is the greatest refreshment in life. Pablo 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. Pablo Picasso

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. Pablo Picasso

Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working. Pablo Picasso

Is there anything more dangerous than sympathetic understanding? Pablo Picasso

One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite - that particular peach is but a detail. Pablo Picasso

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

A picture lives by its legend - not by anything else. Pablo Picasso

You mustn't expect me to repeat myself. My past doesn't interest me. I would rather copy others than copy myself. In that way I should at least be giving them something new. I love discovering things. Pablo Picasso

And fame, for a painter means sales, gains, fortune, riches. And today, as you know, I am celebrated. I am rich. Pablo Picasso

You see these thick curtains shut out the daylight: artificial light suits me a great deal better; it's absolutely steady, and much more exciting. Pablo Picasso

When one starts from a portrait and seeks by successive eliminations to find pure form... one inevitably ends up with an egg. Pablo Picasso

Painting isn't a question of sensibility; it's a matter of seizing the power, taking over from nature, not expecting her to supply you with information and good advice. Pablo Picasso

The painter goes through states of fullness and evaluation. That is the whole secret of art. Pablo Picasso

What a trade! Poor painters! They always wish to be understood, and they are analysed instead. Pablo Picasso

When you're really young, you're young for life. Pablo Picasso

This idea of art for art's sake is a hoax. Pablo Picasso

But when I am alone, I do not have the effrontery to consider myself an artist at all, not in the grand old meaning of the word: Giotto, Titian, Rembrandt, Goya were great painters. I am only a public clown-a mountebank. I have understood my time and have exploited the imbecility, the vanity, the greed of my contemporaries. It is a bitter confession, this confession of mine, more painful than it may seem. But at least and at last it does have the merit of being honest. Pablo Picasso

The people no longer seek consolation in art. But the refined people, the rich, the idlers seek the new, the extraordinary, the extravagant, the scandalous. Pablo Picasso

I paint the way someone bites his fingernails; for me, painting is a bad habit because I don't know nor can I do anything else. Pablo Picasso

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