Thursday, May 27, 2010

Chasing Picasso


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Are we to paint what's on the face, what's inside the face, or what's behind it? 
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My mother said to me, "If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope." Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso. 
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One must act in painting as in life, directly. 
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Give me a museum and I'll fill it.

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It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. 
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Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. 

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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. 
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We don't grow older, we grow riper. 

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There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. 
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Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

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“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.”
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“I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”


“Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?”


“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.”


“I do not seek. I find.”


Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun.


The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?


When you come right down to it all you have is yourself. The sun is a thousand rays in your belly. All the rest is nothing.




Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.


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Art is the lie that makes us realize truth. 
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