Welcome to our collection of quotes (with shareable picture quotes) by Pablo Picasso. We hope you enjoy pondering them and that you will share them widely.
Pablo Ruiz Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre designer who spent most of his adult life in France. Regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a dramatic portrayal of the bombing of Guernica by German and Italian air forces during the Spanish Civil War.
Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a naturalistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. After 1906, the Fauvist work of the slightly older artist Henri Matisse motivated Picasso to explore more radical styles, beginning a fruitful rivalry between the two artists, who subsequently were often paired by critics as the leaders of modern art.
Picasso's work is often categorized into periods. While the names of many of his later periods are debated, the most commonly accepted periods in his work are the Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1904–1906), the African-influenced Period (1907–1909), Analytic Cubism (1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919), also referred to as the Crystal period. Much of Picasso's work of the late 1910s and early 1920s is in a neoclassical style, and his work in the mid-1920s often has characteristics of Surrealism. His later work often combines elements of his earlier styles.
Exceptionally prolific throughout the course of his long life, Picasso achieved universal renown and immense fortune for his revolutionary artistic accomplishments, and became one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art.
One starts to get young at the age of sixty.
One starts to get young at the age of sixty and then it is too late.
Rhythm is a perception of time... when drawing, the tiredness of the hand is a rhythm.
Accidents, try to change them -- it's impossible. The accidental reveals man.
The path to youth takes a lifetime.
Whatever is most abstract may perhaps be the summit of reality.
Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
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.
Only when painting isn't painting can there be an affront to modesty.
For those who know how to read, I have painted my autobiography.
I consider a work of art as a product of calculations, calculations that are frequently unknown to the author himself.
As an artist, all I need is my paints and brushes -- and someone to drag me away when the canvas is done.
What I capture in spite of myself interests me more than my own ideas.
Photographers, along with dentists, are the two professions never satisfied with what they do. Every dentist would like to be a doctor and inside every photographer is a painter trying to get out.
Academic training in beauty is a sham. We have been so deceived, but so well deceived that we can scarcely get back even a shadow of the truth.
Painting isn't made for the decoration of apartments; it is a weapon to be used offensively and defensively against the enemy.
No, painting is not interior decoration. It is an instrument of war for attack and defense against the enemy.
Unless your work gives you trouble, it is no good.
You're either a goddess ... or a doormat.
I have never made radically different experiments. Whenever I wanted to say something, I said it the way I believed I should.
Today, as you know, I am famous and very rich. But when I am alone with myself, I haven't the 'courage' to consider myself an artist, in the great and ancient sense of that word... I am only a public entertainer, who understands his age.
When we did Cubist paintings, our intention was not to produce Cubist paintings but to express what was within us. No one laid down a course of action for us, and our friends the poets followed our endeavour attentively but they never dictated it to us.
There's no such thing as a bad Picasso, but some are less good than others.
Let them understand above all that the artist works from necessity; that he, too, is a minute element of the world to whom one should ascribe no more importance than so many things in nature which charm us but which we do not explain to ourselves.
What I find horrible nowadays is that people are always trying to find a personality for themselves. Nobody bothers about what you might call a painter's ideal... the kind that's always existed... No. They couldn't care less about that.
I go for a walk in the forest of Fontainebleau. I get 'green' indigestion. I must get rid of this sensation into a picture. Green rules it. A painter paints to unload himself of feelings and visions.
If you take my sayings and explode them in the air, they remain only sayings. But if you fit them together in their correct places, you will have the whole story.
We have a definite but unknown quantity of experience at our disposal. As soon as the hourglass is turned, the sand will begin to run out and once it starts, it cannot stop until it's all gone.
What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing.
I am only a public entertainer who understands his time.
A picture lives by its legend -- not by anything else.
Today we haven't the heart to expel the painters and poets from society because we refuse to admit to ourselves that there is any danger in keeping them in our midst.
It seems strange to me that someone thought of making marble statues.
An artist must be very careful not to look for models. As soon as one artist takes another as model, he is lost. There is no other point of departure than reality.
There ought to be an absolute dictatorship... a dictatorship of painters... a dictatorship of one painter... to suppress all those who have betrayed us.
A painter is a man who paints what he sells; an artist, on the other hand, is a man who sells what he paints.
I always forbade everyone to clean my studios, dust them, not only for fear they would disturb my things, but especially because I always counted on the protection of dust. It's my ally. I always let it settle where it likes. It's like a layer of protection.
You have to start somewhere. You can always erase reality later on.
The painter goes through states of fullness and evaluation. That is the whole secret of art.
Paintings are but research and experiment. I never do a painting as a work of art. All of them are researches. I search constantly and there is a logical sequence in all this research.
It isn't up to the painter to define the symbols. Otherwise it would be better if he wrote them out in so many words! The public who look at the picture must interpret the symbols as they understand them.
Different themes inevitably require different methods of expression. This does not imply either evolution or progress; it is a matter of following the idea one wants to express and the way in which one wants to express it.
It took me a lifetime.
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.
Everything we can dream can be real.
Art is not chaste. Those ill prepared should be allowed no contact with art. Art is dangerous. If it is chaste, it is not art.
Art is a finger up the bourgeoisie ass.
To model an object is to possess it.
It's insane how many Roman coins are being found! It's as if all Romans had holes in their pockets. They sowed coins wherever they went. Even in the fields. Maybe to grow money.
The goal I proposed myself in making cubism? To paint and nothing more... with a method linked only to my thought... Neither the good nor the true; neither the useful nor the useless.
When we discovered cubism, we did not have the aim of discovering cubism. We only wanted to express what was in us.
I understand how you could see something in the root of a tree, a crack in the wall, in an eroded stone or pebble. But marble? It comes off in blocks and doesn't evoke any image. It does not inspire.
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.
Have you noticed that bones are always modeled and not carved, that you always have the impression they come from a mold, that they were first modeled in clay? Any bone you look at, you always find fingerprints on it.
The fingerprints of the god who amused himself fashioning them -- I can see them on any bone whatsoever.
The right to free expression is something one seizes, not something one is given.... if it does exist, it exists to be used against the established order.... There is absolute opposition between the artist and the state.
Anything new, anything worth doing, can't be recognized.
Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird?
The connoisseur of painting gives only bad advice to the painter. For that reason I have given up trying to judge myself.
That inspiration comes, does not depend on me. The only thing I can do is make sure it catches me working.
Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.
We must pick out what is good for us where we can find it.
I want to create a cat like the real cats I see crossing the streets, not like those you see in houses. They have nothing in common. The cat of the streets has bristling fur. It runs like a fiend, and if it looks at you, you think it is going to jump in your face.
When I work I relax; doing nothing or entertaining visitors makes me tired.
They'll sell you thousands of greens. Veronese green and emerald green and cadmium green and any sort of green you like; but that particular green, never.
Sex and art are the same thing.
When you are young and without success, you have only a few friends. Then, later on, when you are rich and famous, you still have a few... if you are lucky.
If you have five elements available use only four. If you have four elements use three.
Titian, Rembrandt and Goya were the great painters. I am only a public clown.
It's a poor artist who borrows -- a good artist steals.
Painting is not made to decorate apartments. It's an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy. (about Guernica).
When German soldiers used to come to my studio and look at my pictures of Guernica, they'd ask 'Did you do this?' And I'd say, 'No, you did.'
When I paint a woman in an armchair, the armchair is there to show illness and death-or as a protection.
Imitators? All right! Disciples if you like. But disciples be damned. It's not interesting.
Music and art are the guiding lights of the world.
Painting isn't an aesthetic operation; it's a form of magic designed as mediator between this strange hostile world and us.
There are chemists who spend their whole lives trying to find out what's in a lump of sugar. I want to know one thing. What is color?
When I am told I am too old to do something, I try to do it right away.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist while still achieving milestones and outcomes as required by certain funders and policy-makers.
When one starts from a portrait and seeks by successive eliminations to find pure form... one inevitably ends up with an egg.
The purpose of Art is to create enthusiasm.
A good picture, any picture, has to be bristling with razor blades.
As far as I am concerned, a painting speaks for itself. What is the use of giving explanations, when all is said and done? A painter has only one language.
I who have been involved with all styles of painting can assure you that the only things that fluctuate are the waves of fashion which carry the snobs and speculators; the number of true connoisseurs remains more or less the same.
I have always believed and still believe that artists who live and work with spiritual values cannot and should not remain indifferent to the conflict in which the highest values of humanity and civilization are at stake.
In every photographer there was a painter, a true artist, awaiting expression.
Braque always said that the only thing that counts, in painting, is the intention, and it's true. What counts is what one wants to do, and not what one does. That's what's important.