Pablo Picasso

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

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To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.

Action

If only we could pull out our brain
and use only our eyes.

What one does is what counts

What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing.

Action is the foundational key

Action is the foundational key to all success.

We must vigorously act

Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.

Go and do the things you can't

Go and do the things you can't. That is how you get to do them.

I am always doing things I can’t do. That is how I get to do them.

Art

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

Everyone wants to understand art

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.

You have to have an idea of what you are going to do

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

God is really only another artist

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

Close your eyes and sing

To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.

The world doesn't make sense

The world doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?

Elimination of the unnecessary

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.

Finding Art

You don't make art, you find it.

Technique

The more technique you have the less you have to worry about it. The more technique there is the less there is. 

In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt

Matisse makes a drawing, then he makes a copy of it. He copies 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

Sex and Art

Sex and art are the same thing.

Hand

My hand tells me what I’m thinking.

To know is to begin

Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand tTo know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing.he 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.

I always thrash about rather wildly

There are, of course, great painters who have a certain style. However, I always thrash about rather wildly. I am a bit of a tramp. 

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

Being

We don't grow older we grow riper.

All you have is yourself

When you come right down to it all you have is yourself. The sun is a thousand rays in your belly. All the rest is nothing.

Everybody has the same energy potential

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.

Youth

Youth has no age.

Make oneself loved

To make oneself hated is more difficult than to make oneself loved.

Everybody has the same energy potential.

Life

To find is the thing.

The meaning of life is to find your gift

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.

The older you get, the stronger the wind

The older you get, the stronger the wind gets — and it's always in your face.

Only put off until tomorrow...

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

I don't believe in accidents

I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.

Imagination is real.

Work

Inspiration exists, but it
has to find you working.

Work with solitude

Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.

Your work is the ultimate seduction

It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.

You must always work below your means

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 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.

If only we could pull out our brain

If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.

I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.

Picasso FAQ

Pablo Ruiz Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre designer who spent most of his adult life in France. He was the most famous artist of 20th century. 

  • Why is Picasso so famous?

    Picasso devoted himself to his artistic production for his entire life. His contribution to modern art in the 20th century was significant, not least of which was the invention of Cubism with Georges Braque around 1907.

    Picasso was considered a child prodigy, supposedly able to draw before he could talk. He is quoted as saying "But it has taken me my whole life to learn to draw like a child".

  • What makes Pablo Picasso art unique?

    Picasso invented new ways of picturing things, and worked in a number of styles.

    Pablo Picasso was the most famous artist of 20th century. Picasso painted, drew, and made sculptures and in doing so pioneered Cubism (alongside Georges Braque). Picasso also invented collage and contributed to Symbolism and Surrealism.

  • Why did Jacqueline Picasso kill herself?

    Jacqueline Picasso, the widow of Pablo Picasso, committed suicide at the chateau on the French Riviera where Picasso died in 1973. Jacqueline

    Picasso, 60, was found dead in her bed at 9 a.m. by her maid. An automatic pistol was at her side. Police said the single gunshot wound to the head appeared to have been self-inflicted.

    Jacqueline Picasso once told a photographer: “I am not the widow of Picasso. He lives always.”

  • What were Picasso's last words?

    Moments before his death, Picasso is said to have uttered these final, poignant words: “Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can't drink anymore."

  • What is Pablo Picasso's style of artwork called?

    Pablo Picasso with his friend Georges Braque invented a new style of painting called cubism. He was inspired by African sculpture, and both Picasso and Braque paint objects, people and landscapes using simple shapes and a small range of colours.

  • What age did Picasso die?

    Picasso was 91 years (1881–1973) when he died in MOUGINS, France, on April 8 1973. Pablo Picasso died at his hilltop villa of Notre Dame de Vie from pulmonary edema and heart failure.

  • How did Picasso sign his work?

    Picasso's trademark signature is considered one of the most recognisable signatures in the world. It's said receivers of Picasso cheques would sell the cheque rather than cash them in. His trademark signature has become the stamp of any Picasso piece.

  • What did Picasso say about art?

    Picasso said The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

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