Pablo Picasso Quotes & Wallpapers

Pablo Picasso
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Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war. Pablo Picasso

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

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction. Pablo Picasso

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

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

...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

One starts to get young at the age of sixty and then it is too late. Pablo Picasso

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

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

If you know exactly what you're going to do, what's the good in doing it? Pablo Picasso

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

Music and art are the guiding lights of the world. Pablo Picasso

Inspiration exists, but you have to find it working. Pablo Picasso

For a long time I limited myself to one colour - as a form of discipline. Pablo Picasso

[I am] only a public entertainer, who has understood his time. Pablo Picasso

Taste is the enemy of creativeness. Pablo Picasso

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

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

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

The urge to destroy is also a creative urge. Pablo Picasso

Bad artists copy. Good artists steal. Pablo Picasso

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

Sculpture is the art of the intelligence. Pablo Picasso

We don't grow older, we grow riper. Pablo Picasso

One must act in painting as in life, directly. Pablo Picasso

The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima. Pablo Picasso

Give me a museum and I'll fill it. Pablo Picasso

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

I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. Pablo Picasso

A good picture, any picture, has to be bristling with razor blades. Pablo Picasso

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

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

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

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

To blossom forth, a work of art must ignore or rather forget all the rules. Pablo Picasso

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

I see for others... in order to put on canvas the sudden apparitions which come to me. Pablo Picasso

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

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

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

My whole life has been nothing more than a continuous struggle against Reaction and the death of art. Pablo Picasso

Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird? Pablo Picasso

When I paint a woman in an armchair, the armchair is there to show illness and death-or as a protection. Pablo Picasso

I would like to live like a poor person with a lot of money. Pablo Picasso

Everybody has the same energy potential. The average person wastes his in a dozen little ways. I bring mine to bear on one thing only: my paintings, and everything else is sacrificed to it...myself included. Pablo Picasso

What does it mean for a painter to paint in the manner of So-and-So or to actually imitate someone else? What's wrong with that? On the contrary, it's a good idea. You should constantly try to paint like someone else. But the thing is, you can't! You would like to. You try. But it turns out to be a botch... And it's at the very moment you make a botch of it that you're yourself. Pablo Picasso

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. Pablo Picasso

When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don't have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you Pablo Picasso

You must always work not just within but below your means. If you can handle three elements, handle only two. If you can handle ten, then handle only five. In that way the ones you do handle, you handle with more ease, more mastery, and you create a feeling of strength in reserve. Pablo Picasso

It's not what the artist does that counts; it's what he is. Pablo Picasso

I don't develop; I am. Pablo Picasso

Matisse makes a drawing, then he makes a copy of it. He recopies it five times, ten times, always clarifying the line. He's convinced that the last, the most stripped down, is the best, the purest, the definitive one; and in fact, most of the time, it was the first. In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt. Pablo Picasso

The chief enemy of creativity is good taste. Pablo Picasso

To me there is no past or future in 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

I understand my own pictures best six months after I have done them. Pablo Picasso

If I spit, they will take my spit and frame it as great art. Pablo Picasso

...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

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

When they say that I am too old to make a thing, I try to make it immediately. Pablo Picasso

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

I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn. Pablo Picasso

I want to get to the stage where nobody can tell how a picture of mine is done. What's the point of that? Simply that I want nothing but emotion given off by it. Pablo Picasso

To be young, really young, takes a very long time. Pablo Picasso

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

One never knows what one is going to do. One starts a painting and then it becomes something quite different. Pablo Picasso

I have always believed and still believe that artists who live and work with spiritual values cannot and should not remain indifferent to the conflict in which the highest values of humanity and civilization are at stake. Pablo Picasso

When you begin a picture you often make some pretty discoveries. You must be on guard against these. Destroy the thing, do it over several times. In each destroying of a beautiful discovery, the artist does not really suppress it, but rather condenses it, makes it more substantial. What comes out in the end is the result of discarded finds. Otherwise you become your own connoisseur. Pablo Picasso

There are chemists who spend their whole lives trying to find out what's in a lump of sugar. I want to know one thing. What is color? Pablo Picasso

In the end there is only Matisse. Pablo Picasso

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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