Quotes by Artist Pablo Picasso


“Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.”

“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.”

“Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.”

“There is no abstract art.  You must always start with something.  Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”

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

“I have a horror of people who speak about the beautiful.  What is the beautiful? One must speak of problems in painting!”

“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.”

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

“I don’t say everything, but I paint everything.”

“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”

“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.”


“Inspiration does exist but it must find you working.”

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

“My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general.  If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”

“Computers are useless.  They can only give you answers.”

“Painting is a blind man’s profession.  He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.”

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”

“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.”

“Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?”

“Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?”

“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.”

“The chief enemy of creatibvity is ‘good’ sense.”

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”  

“There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”

Portrait Of Picasso


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