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Pablo Picasso
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Art is an instrument in the war against the enemy. Pablo Picasso
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Painting is stronger than me, it makes me do it's bidding. Pablo Picasso
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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
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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
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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. 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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There's no such thing as a bad Picasso, but some are less good than others. Pablo Picasso
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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
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The only pictorial matter that is of interest to me is the matter and sentiments brought about by the work itself. Pablo Picasso
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Paradise is to love many things with a passion. Pablo Picasso
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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
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Reality is to be found in lightness and darkness. Pablo Picasso
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If you can imagine it...it is real Pablo Picasso
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The first half of life is learning to be an adult-the second half is learning to be a child. Pablo Picasso
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There's nothing so similar to one poodle dog as another poodle dog, and that goes for women, too. Pablo Picasso
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[In developing your potential] ... I don't develop; I am Pablo Picasso
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The revolutionary artist does not only focus on the negative aspects of capitalist lives, but also creates visions of a revolutionary future. Pablo Picasso
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If you give a meaning to certain things in my paintings it may be very true, but it is not my idea to give this meaning. What ideas and conclusions you have got I obtained too, but instinctively, unconsciously. I make the painting for the painting. I paint the objects for what they are. Pablo Picasso
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I who have been involved with all styles of painting can assure you that the only things that fluctuate are the waves of fashion which carry the snobs and speculators; the number of true connoisseurs remains more or less the same. Pablo Picasso
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I do things I don't know how to do in order to learn how to do them. Pablo Picasso
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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
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It would be very curious to record by means of photographs, not the stage of the picture, but its metamorphoses. Perhaps one would perceive the path taken by the mind in order to put its dreams into a concrete form. But what is really very curious is to observe that fundamentally the picture does not change, that despite appearances the initial vision remains almost intact. Pablo Picasso
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The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies. Pablo Picasso
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I do not evolve, I am. Pablo Picasso
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But they are useless. They can only give you answers. Pablo Picasso
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People who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree. Pablo Picasso
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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
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People are always asking me to sign my old canvases. It's ridiculous! Pablo Picasso
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I hate it when people pilfer my things. Pablo Picasso
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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
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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
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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
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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
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"Picasso" is of Italian origin, as you know. And the name a person bears or adopts has its importance. Pablo Picasso
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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
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What other movement determines the S line? Its aesthetic efficacity has long been noted by artists; Pablo Picasso
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It seems strange to me that someone thought of making marble statues. Pablo Picasso
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The fingerprints of the god who amused himself fashioning them - I can see them on any bone whatsoever. Pablo Picasso
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