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Pablo Picasso Quotes

(1881-1973), Spanish Artist

The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.

Category: Genius

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just keeps on trying other things.

Category: God

An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.

Category: Ideas

Everything you can imagine is real.

Category: Imagination

To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.

Category: Imitation

It means nothing to me. I have no opinion about it, and I don't care.

Category: Indifference

My mother said to me, ''If you become a soldier, you'll be a general; if you become a monk you'll end up as the pope.'' Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso. --Pablo Picasso Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.

Category: Individuality

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.

Category: Inspiration

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

Category: Miracles

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.

Category: Museums And Galleries

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.

Category: Nudity

I paint objects as I think them not as I see them.

Category: Painters And Painting

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

Category: Painters And Painting

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.

Category: Portraits

To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture.

Category: Progress