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Pablo Ruiz y Picasso

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it."
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
"There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality."
"We all know that art is not truth. Art is the lie that makes us realize truth -- at least the truth that is given us to understand."
"Often while reading a book one feels that the author would have preferred to paint rather than write; one can sense the pleasure he derives from describing a landscape or a person, as if he were painting what he is saying, because deep in his heart he would have preferred to use brushes and colors. "
"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."
"When you come right down to it, all you have is your self. Your self is a sun with a thousand rays in your belly. The rest is nothing. "
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. "
"Art is the lie that tells the truth."
"Give me a museum and I'll fill it."
"I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them. "
"It is my misfortune - and probably my delight - to use things as my passions tell me. What a miserable fate for a painter who adores blondes to have to stop himself putting them into a picture because they don't go with the basket of fruit! ... I put all the things I like into my pictures. The things - so much the worse for them. They just have to put up with it. "
"Cubism is neither a seed nor a foetus, but an art dealing primaritly with forms, and when a form is realized it is there to live its own life."
"I consider a work of art as the product of calculations that are frequently unknown to the author himself."
"When I want to make a cup, I'll show you that it is round, but the overall rhythm of the painting, the structure, may force me to show this roundness as a square."
"I don't want to do a nude as a nude, I only want to say breast, say hand or belly. To find the way to say it-that's enough."
"When I start a painting, the first thing I try to get clear is the total context. This sky, this ground and this water must be linked in a tonal relationship, and this is the greatest difficulty in painting. The main problem we have to solve is to integrate everything, even the tiniest details, into a total harmony."
"Cezanne would never have interested me a bit if he had lived and thought like Jacques Emile Blanche, even if the apple he had painted had been ten times as beautiful. What forces our interest is Cezanne's anxiety..."
"I paint things not as I perceive them but as I conceive them."
"To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow."
"Artists who live and work with spiritual values cannot and should not remain indifferent to a conflict in which the highest values of humanity and civilization are at stake. "
"You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea."
"I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. "
"He must have an angel in his head."
- On Marc Chagall
"What does it mean for a painter to actually imitate someone else? What's wrong with that? On the contrary, it's a good idea. You should constantly try to paint like someone else. But the thing is, you can't!"
"I put in my pictures everything I like. So much the worse for the things -- they have to get along with one another. "
"When you come right down to it, all you have is yourself. Yourself is a sun with a thousand rays in your belly. The rest is nothing."
"Imitators? All right! Disciples if you like. But disciples be damned. It's not interesting."
"The only pictorial matter that is of interest to me is the matter and sediments brought about by the work itself. "
"If all the ways I have been along were marked on a map and joined up with a line, it might represent a minotaur. "
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. "
"You see these thick curtains shut out the daylight: artificial light suits me a great deal better; it's absolutely steady, and much more exciting."
"Critics, mathematicians, scientists and busybodies want to classify everything, marking the boundaries and limits... In art, there is room for all possibilities. "
"For a long time I limited myself to one color-as a form of discipline. "
"Titian, Rembrandt and Goya were the great painters. I am only a public clown. "
"I paint the way someone bites his fingernails; for me, painting is a bad habit because I don't know nor can I do anything else. "

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