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Quotations From PABLO PICASSO

 

  • 1.
    Museums are just a lot of lies, and the people who make art their business are mostly imposters.... We have infected the pictures in museums with all our stupidities, all our mistakes, all our poverty of spirit. We have turned them into petty and ridiculous things.
    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish artist. "Conversation avec Picasso," vol. 10, no. 10, Cahiers d'Art (Paris, 1935), trans. in Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Picasso: Fifty Years of His Art (1946).

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  • 2.
    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 (1881-1973), Spanish artist. Der Monat (Berlin, December 1949), repr. In Dore Ashton, Picasso on Art (1972).

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  • 3.
    Basically the French are all peasants.
    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish artist. conversation, Feb. 16, 1935, on French painters. Le Point (Sovillac, France, Oct. 1952), vol. 7, no. 42.
  • 4.
    When you start with a portrait and search for a pure form, a clear volume, through successive eliminations, you arrive inevitably at the egg. Likewise, starting with the egg and following the same process in reverse, one finishes with the portrait.
    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish artist. Intransigeant (Paris, June 15, 1932).
  • 5.
    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 (1881-1973), Spanish artist. repr. In Duncan Williams, The Trousered Ape, ch. 2 (1971). Le Spectacle du Monde (Paris, November 1962).

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  • 6.
    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 (1881-1973), Spanish artist. Mirador (Barcelona, Aug. 9, 1934).
  • 7.
    I hate that aesthetic game of the eye and the mind, played by these connoisseurs, these mandarins who "appreciate" beauty. What is beauty, anyway? There's no such thing. I never "appreciate," any more than I "like." I love or I hate.
    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish artist. quoted in Françoise Gilot and Carlton Lake, Life with Picasso, pt. 6 (1964).

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  • 8.
    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 (1881-1973), Spanish artist. Trans. in Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Picasso: Fifty Years of His Art (1946). Conversation avec Picasso, vol. 10, no. 10, Cahiers d'Art (Paris, 1935).

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  • 9.
    We must not discriminate between things. Where things are concerned there are no class distinctions. We must pick out what is good for us where we can find it.
    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish artist. Trans. in Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Picasso: Fifty Years of His Art (1946). Conversation avec Picasso, vol. 10, Cahiers d'Art (Paris, 1935).
  • 10.
    The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.
    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish artist. Trans. in Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Picasso: Fifty Years of His Art (1946). Conversation avec Picasso, vol. 10, no. 10, Cahiers d'Art (1935).

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