Pablo Picasso Quotes & Wallpapers

Pablo Picasso
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The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies. Pablo Picasso

I do not evolve, I am. Pablo Picasso

But they are useless. They can only give you answers. Pablo Picasso

People who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree. 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 the sun. Pablo Picasso

What do you think an artist is? ...he is a political being, constantly aware of the heart breaking, passionate, or delightful things that happen in the world, shaping himself completely in their image. Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war. Pablo Picasso

Art is an instrument in the war against the enemy. Pablo Picasso

Painting is stronger than me, it makes me do it's bidding. Pablo Picasso

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. Pablo Picasso

It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. Pablo Picasso

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

The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' sense. Pablo Picasso

Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one's bath like a lump of sugar. Pablo Picasso

I do not seek. I find. Pablo Picasso

Disciples be damned. It's not interesting. It's only the masters that matter. Those who create. Pablo Picasso

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

The Parthenon is really only a farmyard over which someone put a roof; colonades and sculptures were added because there were people in Athens who happened to be working and wanted to express themselves. Pablo Picasso

Today, as you know, I am famous and very rich. But when I am alone with myself, I haven't the 'courage' to consider myself an artist, in the great and ancient sense of that word... I am only a public entertainer, who understands his age. 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. I have contented these people with all the many bizarre things that come into my head. And the less they understand, the more they admire it. 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

Today we haven't the heart to expel the painters and poets from society because we refuse to admit to ourselves that there is any danger in keeping them in our midst. Pablo Picasso

Academic training in beauty is a sham. We have been so deceived, but so well deceived that we can scarcely get back even a shadow of the truth. Pablo Picasso

The trouble is, we've been taught what to see and how to render what we see. If only we could be in the position of those men who did those wonderful drawings in Lascaux and Altimira! Pablo Picasso

From the point of view of art, there are no concrete or abstract forms, but only forms which are more or less convincing lies. Pablo Picasso

There's no such thing as a bad Picasso, but some are less good than others. Pablo Picasso

Let them understand above all that the artist works from necessity; that he, too, is a minute element of the world to whom one should ascribe no more importance than so many things in nature which charm us but which we do not explain to ourselves. Pablo Picasso

The only pictorial matter that is of interest to me is the matter and sentiments brought about by the work itself. Pablo Picasso

Paradise is to love many things with a passion. Pablo Picasso

When you see what you express through photography, you realize all the things that can no longer be the objectives of painting. Why should an artist persist in treating subjects that can be established so clearly with the lens of a camera? Pablo Picasso

Reality is to be found in lightness and darkness. Pablo Picasso

If you can imagine it...it is real Pablo Picasso

People are always asking me to sign my old canvases. It's ridiculous! Pablo Picasso

I hate it when people pilfer my things. Pablo Picasso

In one way or another, I always marked my pictures. But there were times when I put my signature on the back of the canvas. All my works from the cubist period, until about 1914, have my name and the date on the back side of the stretcher. I know someone spread the story that in Ceret, Braque and I decided not to sign our pictures anymore. But that's just a legend! Pablo Picasso

We didn't want to sign the painting itself, that would have interfered with the composition. And even later, for that reason or for another, I sometimes marked my canvases on the back. If you don't see my signature and the date, madam, it's because the frame is hiding it. Pablo Picasso

If I were to sign it now, I'd be committing forgery. I'd be putting my 1943 signature on a canvas painted in 1922. Pablo Picasso

My friends back in Barcelona called me by that name (Picasso). It was stranger, more resonant, than "Ruiz." And those are probably the reasons I adopted it. Do you know what appealed to me about that name? Well, it was undoubtedly the double s, which is fairly unusual in Spain. Pablo Picasso

"Picasso" is of Italian origin, as you know. And the name a person bears or adopts has its importance. Pablo Picasso

Can you imagine me calling myself "Ruiz"? "Pablo Ruiz"? "Diego-Jose Ruiz"? Or "Juan-Nepomucene Ruiz"? I was given I don't know how many names. Pablo Picasso

What other movement determines the S line? Its aesthetic efficacity has long been noted by artists; Pablo Picasso

It seems strange to me that someone thought of making marble statues. Pablo Picasso

I understand how you could see something in the root of a tree, a crack in the wall, in an eroded stone or pebble. But marble? It comes off in blocks and doesn't evoke any image. It does not inspire. Pablo Picasso

How could Michelangelo have seen his David in a block of marble? Man began to make images only because he discovered them nearly formed around him, already within reach. He saw them in a bone, in the bumps of a cave, in a piece of wood. One form suggested a woman to him, another a buffalo, still another the head of a monster. Pablo Picasso

Races and religions may have changed, but the marketplace, the living quarters, pilgrimage sites, places of worship, have remained the same. Venus is replaced by the Virgin, but the same life goes on. Pablo Picasso

Man doesn't change. He keeps his habits. Instinctively, all those people found the same corner for their kitchen. To build a city, don't men choose the same sites? Under cities you always find other cities; other churches under churches, and other houses under houses. Pablo Picasso

The earth doesn't have a housekeeper to do the dusting. And the dust that falls on it every day remains there. Everything that's come down to us from the past has been conserved by dust. Pablo Picasso

I always forbade everyone to clean my studios, dust them, not only for fear they would disturb my things, but especially because I always counted on the protection of dust. It's my ally. I always let it settle where it likes. It's like a layer of protection. Pablo Picasso

When there's dust missing here or there, it's because someone has touched my things. I see immediately someone has been there. And it's because I live constantly with dust, in dust, that I prefer to wear gray suits, the only color on which it leaves no trace. Pablo Picasso

What is conserved in the ground? Stone, bronze, ivory, bone, sometimes pottery. Never wood objects, no fabric or skins. That completely skews our notions about primitive man. Pablo Picasso

I don't think I'm wrong when I say that the most beautiful objects of the "stone age" were made of skin, fabric, and especially wood. The "stone age" ought to be called the "wood age." How many African statues are made of stone, bone, or ivory? Maybe one in a thousand! And prehistoric man had no more ivory at his disposal than African tribes. Maybe even less. He must have had thousands of wooden fetishes, all gone now. Pablo Picasso

It's insane how many Roman coins are being found! It's as if all Romans had holes in their pockets. They sowed coins wherever they went. Even in the fields. Maybe to grow money . . . Pablo Picasso

I love bats! Women are scared of them. They think bats can get caught in their hair, don't they? But bats are the most beautiful of animals, extraordinarily delicate. Have you observed their brilliant little eyes, gleaming with intelligence, and their skin, silky as velvet? And look at all these delicate little bones. Pablo Picasso

I have a real passion for bones. I have many others in Boisgeloup: skeletons of birds, dog's and sheep's heads. I even have a rhinoceros skull. Pablo Picasso

Have you noticed that bones are always modeled and not carved, that you always have the impression they come from a mold, that they were first modeled in clay? Any bone you look at, you always find fingerprints on it. Pablo Picasso

The fingerprints of the god who amused himself fashioning them - I can see them on any bone whatsoever. Pablo Picasso



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