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Pablo Picasso
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Give me a museum and I'll fill it. Pablo Picasso
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You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea. Pablo Picasso
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I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. Pablo Picasso
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It isn't up to the painter to define the symbols. Otherwise it would be better if he wrote them out in so many words! The public who look at the picture must interpret the symbols as they understand them. Pablo Picasso
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The urge to destroy is also a creative urge. Pablo Picasso
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Bad artists copy. Good artists steal. Pablo Picasso
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A good picture, any picture, has to be bristling with razor blades. Pablo Picasso
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People don't realize what they have when they own a picture by me. Each picture is a phial with my blood. That is what has gone into it. Pablo Picasso
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I don't know in advance what I am going to put on canvas any more than I decide beforehand what colours I am going to use. Pablo Picasso
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You can go to the moon or walk under the sea, or anything else you like, but painting remains painting because it eludes such investigation. It remains there like a question. And it alone gives the answer. Pablo Picasso
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If you take my sayings and explode them in the air, they remain only sayings. But if you fit them together in their correct places, you will have the whole story. Pablo Picasso
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To blossom forth, a work of art must ignore or rather forget all the rules. Pablo Picasso
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I have never had time for the idea of searching. Whenever I wanted to express something, I did so without thinking of the past or the future. Pablo Picasso
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I see for others... in order to put on canvas the sudden apparitions which come to me. Pablo Picasso
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The different styles I have been using in my art must not be seen as an evolution, or as steps towards an unknown ideal of painting. Everything I have ever made was made for the present and with the hope that it would always remain in the present. Pablo Picasso
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Different themes inevitably require different methods of expression. This does not imply either evolution or progress; it is a matter of following the idea one wants to express and the way in which one wants to express it. Pablo Picasso
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To me there is no past or future in my art. If a work of art cannot live always in the present it must not be considered at all. The art of the Greeks, of the Egyptians, of the great painters who lived in other times, is not an art of the past; perhaps it is more alive today than it ever was... Pablo Picasso
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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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Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war. Pablo Picasso
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Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird? Why does one love the night, flowers, everything around one, without trying to understand them? But in the case of a painting people have to understand. If only they would realize above all that an artist works of necessity, that he himself is only a trifling bit of the world, and that no more importance should be attached to him than to plenty of other things which please us in the world, though we can't explain them. People who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree. Pablo Picasso
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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. Pablo Picasso
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One starts to get young at the age of sixty and then it is too late. Pablo Picasso
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...why did Plato say that poets should be chased out of the republic? Precisely because every poet and every artist is an antisocial being. He's not that way because he wants to be; he can't be any other way.... and if he really is an artist it is in his nature not to want to be admitted, because if he is admitted it can only mean he is doing something which is understood, approved, and therefore old hat - worthless. Anything new, anything worth doing, can't be recognized. Pablo Picasso
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When you're really young, you're young for life. Pablo Picasso
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This idea of art for art's sake is a hoax. Pablo Picasso
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For being a bad student I was banished to the 'calaboose' - a bare cell with whitewashed walls and a bench to sit on. I liked it there, because I took along a sketch pad and drew incessantly I could have stayed there forever drawing without stopping Pablo Picasso
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What do you think an artist is An imbecile who has only his eyes if he is a painter, or his ears if he is a musician, or a lyre at every level of his heart if he is a poet, or, if he is merely a boxer, only his muscle On the contrary, he is at the same time a political being, constantly alert to the heartrending, burning, or happy events in the world, molding himself in their likeness. Pablo Picasso
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If you know exactly what you're going to do, what's the good in doing it? Pablo Picasso
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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
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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
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In life you throw a ball. You hope it will reach a wall and bounce back so you can throw it again. You hope your friends will provide that wall. Pablo Picasso
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Beauty? To me it is a word without sense because I do not know where its meaning comes from nor where it leads to. Pablo Picasso
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Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction. Pablo Picasso
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We have a definite but unknown quantity of experience at our disposal. As soon as the hourglass is turned, the sand will begin to run out and once it starts, it cannot stop until it's all gone. Pablo Picasso
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It is important to remember that great things have no fear of time. We've got to let go of the idea that what we want to manifest has to be done on our time schedule. Pablo Picasso
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For a long time I limited myself to one colour - as a form of discipline. Pablo Picasso
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Music and art are the guiding lights of the world. Pablo Picasso
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Inspiration exists, but you have to find it working. Pablo Picasso
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[I am] only a public entertainer, who has understood his time. Pablo Picasso
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Taste is the enemy of creativeness. Pablo Picasso
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I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. Pablo Picasso
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Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter? Pablo Picasso
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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. Pablo Picasso
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The older you get the stronger the wind gets - and it's always in your face. Pablo Picasso
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It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction. Pablo Picasso
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Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting. Pablo Picasso
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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. Pablo Picasso
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Only when painting isn't painting can there be an affront to modesty. Pablo Picasso
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I'm not a developer; I am. Pablo Picasso
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By amusing myself with all these games, all this nonsense, all these picture puzzles, I became famous... I am only a public entertainer who has understood his time. Pablo Picasso
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Enough of Art. It's Art that kills us. People no longer want to do painting: they make art. Pablo Picasso
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I have never made radically different experiments. Whenever I wanted to say something, I said it the way I believed I should. Pablo Picasso
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Titian, Rembrandt and Goya were the great painters. I am only a public clown. Pablo Picasso
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What I have to do is utilize as best I can the ideas which objects suggest to me, connect, fuse, and color in my way the shadows they cast within me, illumine them from the inside. And since of necessity my vision is quite different from that of the next man, my painting will interpret things in an entirely different manner even though it makes use of the same elements. Pablo Picasso
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If everyone would paint, political re-education would be unnecessary. Pablo Picasso
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I go for a walk in the forest of Fontainebleau. I get 'green' indigestion. I must get rid of this sensation into a picture. Green rules it. A painter paints to unload himself of feelings and visions. Pablo Picasso
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Paintings are but research and experiment. I never do a painting as a work of art. All of them are researches. I search constantly and there is a logical sequence in all this research. Pablo Picasso
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We now know that Art is not the truth... but rather a way of approaching the truth. Pablo Picasso
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If I knew what the meaning of art was, I wouldn't tell you. Pablo Picasso
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I would like to live like a poor person with a lot of money. Pablo Picasso
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When I was a kid I drew like Michelangelo. It took me years to learn to draw like a kid. Pablo Picasso
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I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn. Pablo Picasso
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If I spit, they will take my spit and frame it as great art. Pablo Picasso
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...the right to free expression is something one seizes, not something one is given.... if it does exist, it exists to be used against the established order.... There is absolute opposition between the artist and the state. Pablo Picasso
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We can see the light but we are still inside the tunnel, ... We have not been able to get to all the communities. Pablo Picasso
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When they say that I am too old to make a thing, I try to make it immediately. Pablo Picasso
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You know, it's just like being a peddler. You want two breasts? Well, here you are - two breasts. We must see to it that the man looking at the picture has at hand everything he needs to paint a nude. If you really give him everything he needs - and the best - he'll put everything where it belongs, with his own eyes. Each person will make for himself the kind of nude he wants, with the nude that I will have made for him. Pablo Picasso
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My whole life has been nothing more than a continuous struggle against Reaction and the death of art. Pablo Picasso
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Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird? Pablo Picasso
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Often while reading a book one feels that the author wouold heave preferred to paint rather than to wirte; 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
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