Pablo Picasso Quotes

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Born in Malaga, Spain, Picasso’s many styles and prolific work rate have marked him out as one of the most recognised artists of the twentieth century. Not limited to one medium he created sculptures, etchings and prints. His artistic career only began to boom once he moved to Paris in the early 1900s. His Blue Period, reflecting the colour and his mood at the time was followed by his Rose Period, work inspired by primitive art and then Cubism, which shocked the critics, but ultimately made his name.

Guernica (1937) was created during Picasso’s Surrealist period and captures the horror of the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. By the end of World War II, Picasso had become an internationally known artist and celebrity.

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A painting begins and becomes something completely different – It’s strange how little the artist’s wishes actually matter.

— Pablo Picasso

A painting is only alive when a person looks at it.

— Pablo Picasso

A painting lives its life like a living being, experiencing changes that everyday life imposes.

— Pablo Picasso

Accidents, try to change them — it’s impossible. The accidental reveals man.

— Pablo Picasso

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

— Pablo Picasso

Art is never chaste – art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.

— Pablo Picasso

Art is not made to decorate rooms. It is an offensive weapon in the defence against the enemy.

— Pablo Picasso

Art is not the application of a canon of beauty – when we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.

— Pablo Picasso

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.

— Pablo Picasso

Art ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared.

— Pablo Picasso

By amusing myself with all these games, all this nonsense, all these picture puzzles, I became famous.

— Pablo Picasso

Computers are useless – they can only give you answers!

— Pablo Picasso

Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.

— Pablo Picasso

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

— Pablo Picasso

Everyone wants to understand painting. Why don’t they try to understand the song of the birds?

— Pablo Picasso

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

— Pablo Picasso

Everything you can imagine is real.

— Pablo Picasso

God is really only another artist, he made the elephant, giraffe and cat. He has no real style but keeps trying new ideas.

— Pablo Picasso

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

— Pablo Picasso

I have never painted anything other than what I have seen and felt.

— Pablo Picasso

I look for inspiration in reality – only reality powers my imagination and gives me new life.

— Pablo Picasso

I made academic drawings at the age of seven, the minute precision of which frightened me.

— Pablo Picasso

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

— Pablo Picasso

I put everything I love in my pictures.

— Pablo Picasso

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

— Pablo Picasso

If one knows exactly what is going to be done, why do it?

— Pablo Picasso

I’m always seeking.

— Pablo Picasso

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.

— Pablo Picasso

It is not what the artist does that counts. But what he is.

— Pablo Picasso

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

— Pablo Picasso
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