Ten thoughts of Pablo Picasso

People need to be woken up. Their way of identifying things, shattered. Unacceptable images should be created.
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Understanding Art
 
Everyone wants to understand painting. Why not try to understand the songs of a bird? Why does one love the night, flowers, everything around one, without trying to understand them? But in the case of painting people have to understand.    

Paris, 1935
 

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Before [...] a painting was the sum of additions. For me, a painting is the sum of destructions. I do a painting and then I destroy it. But in the end, it is not lost – the red I wiped from one part appears in another part in another place. 

Paris,1935

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People need to be woken up. Their way of identifying things, shattered. Unacceptable images should be created. 

Paris, 1974

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Creation

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

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Each painting, each rhythm, each colour is a battle. A battle against oneself, against painting.

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I merely try to place the greatest humanity possible in my paintings. It is just as valid if it offends some idolaters of conventional human effigies – they just need to look at themselves a little closer in a mirror. What is a face, in truth? […] What we have in front of us? Inside? Behind? And the rest?
Doesn’t everyone see it in their own way?

Paris, 1946

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Expression
 
 
There is no painting or drawing of mine that does not follow exactly a vision of the world. 

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Vision of the World and Attitude to Life
 
 I am proud to say it, I have never considered painting as a simple pleasurable art of distraction – through my weapons of drawing and colour I have always wanted to further investigate knowledge of the world and of man, so that this knowledge frees us more every day. 

Paris, 1987

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My old paintings do not interest me... I am much more curious about those I still haven’t painted yet.

[Picasso at 80]
 

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The essential thing is to do what you want to do.

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