Quotations by Picasso, Pablo


We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand.

[Todos sabemos que el arte no es verdad. El arte es una mentira que no acerca a la verdad, al menos, a aquella verdad que se nos da para entendar.]

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter and sculptor
“Picasso Speaks: A Statement by the Artist,” interview with Marius de Zayas, The Arts (May 1923)
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Discussing cubism. Translated in Quote Magazine (21 Sep 1958) as "Art is not truth; art is the lie which makes us see the truth."
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I am always doing things I can’t do. That’s how I get to do them.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter and sculptor
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Who Moved My Cheese? calendar, 2002
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As an artist, all I need is my paints and brushes — and someone to drag me away when the canvas is done.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter and sculptor
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Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter and sculptor
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Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.

[Los ordenadores son inútiles. Sólo pueden darte respuestas.]

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter and sculptor
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The above is a later paraphrase of the original, in William Fifield, "Pablo Picasso: A Composite Interview," The Paris Review (Summer/Fall 1964): "I feel I am nibbling on the edges of this world when I am capable of getting what Picasso means when he says to me -- perfectly straight-facedly -- later of the enormous new mechanical brains or calculating machines: 'But they are useless. They can only give you answers.' How easy and comforting to take these things for jokes—boutades!" More here.
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There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter and sculptor
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If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter and sculptor
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 On painting objectively. In Saturday Review (1 Sep 1956)

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There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter and sculptor
Quote Magazine (21 Mar 1965)
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Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter and sculptor
Quote Magazine (24 Mar 1957)

Also trans., "The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' taste."
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