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My Top 15 Picasso Quotes in 2021

Pablo Picasso Quotes - Art
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My Top 15 Picasso Quotes

Pablo Picasso Guernica
Pablo Picasso Guernica

Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.

— Pablo Picasso

Art is a lie in the sense that it is an abstraction a reality, but in fact it is more true than reality, because it extract the essentials of what you are saying and discards the unnecessary. No idea what Picasso means here.


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

— Pablo Picasso

Only young children are artists. Very early on they stop seeing what’s there and I only see what they think they see.


Pablo Picasso Guernica
Pablo Picasso Guernica

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. –Pablo Picasso

— Pablo Picasso

The concentration required for art puts you into a sort of meditative state in which the colors, the brush, the eye, and hands all become one.


Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.

— Pablo Picasso

If someone had not seen what could be, the others would not have had anything to see and ask why. You’re not the only one Picasso.


Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

— Pablo Picasso

That’s putting a bit too much pressure on yourself. True creation comes from feeling free and without the pressure of having to produce a good painting. When you do not put pressure on yourself, that is when you’ll do your best work.


Pablo Picasso Femme au café (Absinthe_Drinker))
Pablo Picasso Femme au café (Absinthe_Drinker))

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 sun.

— Pablo Picasso

To turn a yellow spot into the sun, you first need a yellow spot. To get a yellow spot you have to abstract the sun.


Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.

— Pablo Picasso

If you can break the rules of painting and get away with it, they weren’t rules.


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

— Pablo Picasso

That’s pretty good.


Pablo Picasso, Girl with a Mandolin (Fanny Tellier)
Pablo Picasso, Girl with a Mandolin (Fanny Tellier)

Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.

— Pablo Picasso

What is evolution not revolution. By necessity your art embodies all of that but has gone before.


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

— Pablo Picasso

All art is an abstraction by the definition of the word abstraction. If it were not an abstraction, you would not be able to tell the difference between hey painting and the object itself. And I’ve never heard a painting of a dog bark, however realistic it was painted.


The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.

— Pablo Picasso

There is no greater feeling than sharing your art with someone else who appreciates it.


Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.

— Pablo Picasso

The process of learning involves long periods of stagnation, and sometimes periods of regression. But there comes a time when all of a sudden you make a leap forward and you art is better than it was before. The secret is to not be discouraged during those intervening periods of stagnation regression. Take comfort in the fact but that door will open.


Pablo Picasso Old Guitarist
Pablo Picasso Old Guitarist

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.

— Pablo Picasso

This is the key to all great paintings. The emotion felt by the artist, if done well, will end up in the final painting and be shared by the viewer.


Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.

— Pablo Picasso

You cannot create music in a painting, if the background noise is too loud. The trick is to figure out what is the music and what is the background noise.


The people who make art their business are mostly imposters.

— Pablo Picasso

That is a bit much coming from an artist who spent so much time on self promotion!


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