What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing.
The purpose of Art is to create enthusiasm.
Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird?
Is there anything more dangerous than sympathetic understanding?
In every photographer there was a painter, a true artist, awaiting expression.
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.
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.
For those who know how to read, I have painted my autobiography.
Unless your work gives you trouble, it is no good.
Rhythm is a perception of time... when drawing, the tiredness of the hand is a rhythm.
Painting is not made to decorate apartments. It's an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy. (about Guernica).
To make oneself hated is more difficult than to make oneself loved.
It took me a lifetime.
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.
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.'
We must pick out what is good for us where we can find it.
Without great solitude no serious work is possible.
Imitators? All right! Disciples if you like. But disciples be damned. It's not interesting.
Art is a finger up the bourgeoisie ass.
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.
A painter is a man who paints what he sells; an artist, on the other hand, is a man who sells what he paints.
Drawing is a kind of hypnotism: one looks in such a way at the model, that he comes and takes a seat on the paper.
There's no such thing as a bad Picasso, but some are less good than others.
We don't grow older, we grow riper.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
What is conserved in the ground? Stone, bronze, ivory, bone, sometimes pottery. Never wood objects, no fabric or skins. That completely skews our notions about primitive man.
If you have five elements available use only four. If you have four elements use three.
When one starts from a portrait and seeks by successive eliminations to find pure form... one inevitably ends up with an egg.
That inspiration comes, does not depend on me. The only thing I can do is make sure it catches me working.
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.
The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?
Titian, Rembrandt and Goya were the great painters. I am only a public clown.
The painter goes through states of fullness and evaluation. That is the whole secret of art.
Whatever is most abstract may perhaps be the summit of reality.
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.
As an artist, all I need is my paints and brushes -- and someone to drag me away when the canvas is done.
You see these thick curtains shut out the daylight: artificial light suits me a great deal better; it's absolutely steady, and much more exciting.
A picture lives by its legend -- not by anything else.
To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture.
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.
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?
Can you imagine me calling myself "Ruiz"? "Pablo Ruiz"? "Diego-José Ruiz"? Or "Juan-Népomucène Ruiz"? I was given I don't know how many names.
Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
What I capture in spite of myself interests me more than my own ideas.
The people who make art their business are mostly imposters.
Through education comes understanding. Through understanding comes true appreciation. All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Beauty? To me it is a word without sense because I do not know where its meaning comes from nor where it leads to.
I'd like to live like a poor man -- only with lots of money.
When I enter the studio, I leave my body at the door the way the Moslems leave their shoes when they enter the mosque, and I only allow my spirit to go in there and paint.
Each time I undertake to paint a picture I have a sensation of leaping into space. I never know whether I shall fall on my feet. It is only later that I begin to estimate more exactly the the effect of my work.
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 like all paintings. I always look at the paintings, good or bad, in barbershops, furniture stores, provincial hotels. I'm like a drinker who needs wine. As long as it is wine, it doesn't matter which wine.
Painting isn't made for the decoration of apartments; it is a weapon to be used offensively and defensively against the enemy.
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.
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.
Everything we can dream can be real.
Painting isn't an aesthetic operation; it's a form of magic designed as mediator between this strange hostile world and us.
They ought to put out the eyes of painters as they do goldfinches in order that they can sing better.
Music and art are the guiding lights of the world.
I have never made radically different experiments. Whenever I wanted to say something, I said it the way I believed I should.
The fingerprints of the god who amused himself fashioning them -- I can see them on any bone whatsoever.
Cubism is not a reality you can take in your hand. It's more like a perfume, in front of you, behind you, to the sides, the scent is everywhere but you don't quite know where it comes from.
When art critics get together they talk about Form and Structure and Meaning. When artists get together they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine.
No, painting is not interior decoration. It is an instrument of war for attack and defense against the enemy.
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.
The older you get the stronger the wind gets -- and it's always in your face.
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.
Age only matters when one is aging. Now that I have arrived at a great age, I might as well be twenty.
There are more copies than originals among people.
It's always necessary to seek for perfection. Obviously, for us, this word no longer has the same meaning. To me, it means: from one canvas to the next, always go further, further.
Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
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.
You mustn't always believe what I say. Questions tempt you to tell lies, particularly when there is no answer.
The people no longer seek consolation in art. But the refined people, the rich, the idlers seek the new, the extraordinary, the extravagant, the scandalous.
The people no longer seek consolation in art. But the refined people, the rich, the idlers seek the new, the extraordinary, the extravagant, the scandalous. I have contented these people with all the many bizarre things that come into my head. And the less they understand, the more they admire it. By amusing myself with all these games, all this nonsense, all these picture puzzles, I became famous... I am only a public entertainer who has understood his time.
One must act in painting as in life, directly.
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.
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.
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
I want to know one thing, what is color?
I am only a public entertainer who understands his time.
Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.
We must not discriminate between things. Where things are concerned there are no class distinctions. We must pick out what is good for us where we can find it.
Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing?
Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.
I am a communist and my painting is a communist painting. But if I were a shoemaker, Royalist or Communist or anything else, I would not necessarily hammer my shoes in any special way to show my politics.
Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.
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.
A good picture, any picture, has to be bristling with razor blades.
I consider a work of art as a product of calculations, calculations that are frequently unknown to the author himself.
Good artists copy; great artists steal.
When I work I relax; doing nothing or entertaining visitors makes me tired.
The important thing is to create. Nothing else matters; creation is all.
To model an object is to possess it.
Anything new, anything worth doing, can't be recognized.
It's a poor artist who borrows -- a good artist steals.
When we discovered cubism, we did not have the aim of discovering cubism. We only wanted to express what was in us.
Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting.
I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
Disciples be damned. It's not interesting. It's only the masters that matter. Those who create.
It seems strange to me that someone thought of making marble statues.
I don't say everything, but I paint everything.
I draw like other people bite their nails.
When it comes right down to it, all you have is your self. Your Self is a sun with a thousand rays.
If all the ways I have been along were marked on a map and joined up with a line, it might represent a minotaur.
The path to youth takes a lifetime.
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.
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.
Sex and art are the same thing.
It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.
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.
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.
Variation does not mean evolution. If an artist varies his mode of expression this only means that he has changed his manner of thinking, and in changing, it might be for the better or it might be for the worse.
Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.
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.
You have to start somewhere. You can always erase reality later on.
Are we to paint what's on the face, what's inside the face, or what's behind it?
Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.
Only when painting isn't painting can there be an affront to modesty.
There is only one way to see things, until someone shows us how to look at them with different eyes.
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.
Accidents, try to change them -- it's impossible. The accidental reveals man.
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.
When I paint a woman in an armchair, the armchair is there to show illness and death-or as a protection.
My mother said to me, "If you become a soldier, you'll be a general; if you become a monk, you'll end up as the Pope." Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.
The world doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?
Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.
This idea of art for art's sake is a hoax.
There's nothing so similar to one poodle dog as another poodle dog, and that goes for women, too.
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.
Work is a necessity for man. Man invented the alarm clock.
The only pictorial matter that is of interest to me is the matter and sentiments brought about by the work itself.
You're either a goddess ... or a doormat.
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.
When I am told I am too old to do something, I try to do it right away.
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.
There ought to be an absolute dictatorship... a dictatorship of painters... a dictatorship of one painter... to suppress all those who have betrayed us.
Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.
If I don't have red, I use blue.
I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history.
An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.
You mustn't expect me to repeat myself. My past doesn't interest me. I would rather copy others than copy myself. In that way I should at least be giving them something new. I love discovering things.
I do not seek. I find.
If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.
To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.
Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
The connoisseur of painting gives only bad advice to the painter. For that reason I have given up trying to judge myself.
When I was a child my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll be the pope.' Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.