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Pablo Picasso Quotes


Pablo Picasso
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Pablo Ruiz Picasso
  • Born: 25th October 1881, Málaga, Spain
  • Died: 8th April 1973, Mougins, France
  • Resting place: Château of Vauvenargues, France
  • Alma mater: Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
  • Occupation Artist and painter
  • Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m)
  • Influenced by: Eugène Delacroix, Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse
  • Founded: Together with artist Georges Braque they were the founders of the Cubism art movement in 1909
  • Trivia: During an investigation into the greatest art theft of the 20th century when the Mona Lisa was stolen from The Louvre on 21st August 1911 Pablo Picasso was arrested as a suspect but later released. Eventually the real thief Vincenzo Peruggia was caught trying to sell the painting to the Uffizi gallery in Florence
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"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it"

Pablo Picasso

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

Pablo Picasso

"Everything you can imagine is real"

Pablo Picasso

"Good artists copy, great artists steal"

Pablo Picasso

"It takes a long time to become young"

Pablo Picasso

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

Pablo Picasso

"We are all born children- the trick is remaining one"

Pablo Picasso

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

Pablo Picasso

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

Pablo Picasso

"Action is the foundational key to all success"

Pablo Picasso

"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"

Pablo Picasso

"In the end, everything depends on one's self, on a fire in the belly with a thousand rays. Nothing else counts"

Pablo Picasso

"The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' sense"

Pablo Picasso

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

Pablo Picasso

"If I were not making the paintings I make, I would paint like Matisse"

Pablo Picasso

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

Pablo Picasso

"Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction"

Pablo Picasso

"Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth"

Pablo Picasso

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

Pablo Picasso

"I do not seek. I find"

Pablo Picasso

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Pablo Picasso Biography

Works of art by Pablo Picasso have always been in high demand and when you consider there have been an estimated 350 of his pieces stolen, which is more than any other artist, then you know you are in the realms of extraordinary creativity.

Rarity usually gives items extra value but in Picasso's case he created over 20,000 works of art through his 78 years of activity at the easel and his masterpieces now sell at in excess of $100,000,000 a piece. Six of his paintings have breached the $100 million mark with his 1955 masterpiece Les Femmes d'Alger fetching a staggering $179 million at Christies (New York) on 11th May 2015.



It is very rare that an artist achieves success during their lifetime but Pablo was an exception to this rule as his art made him a very wealthy man, not in the $100 plus million a painting wealthy, but his work allowed him the creative freedom he desired and he lived comfortably on his proceeds.

Picasso is arguably the most prolific artist of all time and his innovations saw him co-create the style of cubism whilst his influence on 20th century surrealism has been immense. He is classed as the most important artistic figure of the 20th century whose style has often been copied but never bettered.

The French artist Aristide Maillol summed this up as he was quoted as saying: "Those who imitate him achieve nothing worthwhile", while Ibrahim Kodra added descriptive conjecture by saying: "Even his signature is a work of art".

His biggest artistic influence was Paul Cézanne and in 1958 he bought the Château of Vauvenargues because it was where Cézanne painted the rolling hills of Mont Sainte-Victoire, Pablo Picasso was quoted at the time as saying: "I have just bought myself Cézanne's mountains". After his death in 1973 he was buried at the Château of Vauvenargues with his sculpture Femme au vase sitting proudly atop of his burial mound.

As the most significant 20th century artist his words have given meaning to every subsequent generation of artists and he was never short of a quip or two, so this is my compilation of 20 of the best Pablo Picasso quotes

Quotes About Pablo Picasso

After visiting Picasso's Paris apartment in 1944 Ernest Hemingway said to his underwhelmed wife Mary: "He’s pioneering. Don’t condemn them [his paintings] just because you don’t understand them. You may grow up to them"

Australian art critic Robert Studley Forrest Hughes gave high praise indeed: "No painter or sculptor, not even Michelangelo, had been as famous as this in his own lifetime"

The American Modernist painter Marsden Hartley got to grips with his artistic persuasion: "He had a depth of understanding and insight into the inwardness of things.... doing very exceptional things of a most abstract psychic nature"

His artistic rival Henri Matisse talked very respectfully of him when he said: "Only one person has the right to criticize me"

Fellow painter and Armenian artist Arshile Gorky compared 2 of the greats by saying: "I was with Cézanne for a long time, and now naturally I am with Picasso"


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