Saturday, September 28, 2013

Picasso Quotes

Gjon Mili—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Bonus: On the beach at Golfe-Juan in 1968, Mili captures Picasso reveling in two of his artistic obsessions: the mask and the minotaur, a mythical half-bull, half-man that featured prominently in much of the artist's work.

  • People who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree.
    • Quoted in Picasso on Art (1988), ed. Dore Ashton

  • Painting isn't an aesthetic operation; it's a form of magic designed as mediator between this strange hostile world and us.
    • Quoted in Mario Livio, The Golden Ratio (2002), p. 159

  • I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
    • Quoted in Richard Alan Krieger, Civilization's Quotations: Life's Ideal (Algora Publishing, 2002, ISBN 1892941767), p. 132

  • I do not seek, I find.
    • Quoted in Graham Sutherland, "A Trend in English Draughtsmanship", Signature, III (1936), pp. 7-13.

Art is not made to decorate rooms. It is an offensive weapon in the defense against the enemy.
  • La peinture n’est pas faite pour décorer des appartements. C’est un instrument de guerre offensive et défensive contre l’ennemi.

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