Pablo Picasso Quotes About Art and Life

If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out Pablo Picasso quotes. This artist had a lot of wisdom to share, and his words are just as relevant today as they were when he first said them. Whether you’re an artist yourself or just appreciate good art, you’re sure to find something interesting in Picasso’s quotes.

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Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain in 1881. From a young age, he was interested in art and started taking lessons from his father. He later studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in Madrid.

Picasso’s early work was in the style of realism, but he soon began to experiment with different techniques and styles. In the early 1900s, he developed the style that would come to be known as cubism. This style involved breaking objects down into geometric shapes, and creating abstract paintings.

Picasso’s art was greatly influenced by his personal life. He went through many different phases, and his work changed along with his moods. He was a prolific artist, and produced a large amount of work during his lifetime.

Picasso died in 1973, but his art continues to be popular and highly respected. He is considered to be one of the most important artists of the 20th century.

Picasso was a prolific artist and created thousands of pieces of art over the course of his career. His legacy is evident in the work of contemporary artists and his influence is still felt today.

These 60 Pablo Picasso quotes offer a unique insight into the mind of this creative genius, and are a great way to get inspired for your next art project.

60 Pablo Picasso Quotes

  1. “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.”

2. “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”

3. “If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse… but surely you will see the wildness!”

4. “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

5. “Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.”

6. “Sex and art are the same thing.”

7. “The world doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?”

8. “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”

9. “I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”

10. “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

11. “To draw, you must close your eyes and sing”

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12. “You don’t make art, you find it”

13. “I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. ”

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

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

16. “God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.”

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

18. “Painting is stronger than me, it makes me do it’s bidding.”

19. “We artists are indestructible; even in a prison, or in a concentration camp, I would be almighty in my own world of art, even if I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my cell.”

20. “Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. ”

21. “Art is theft.”

22. “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.”

23. “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.”

24. “All art is erotic.”

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

26. “My hand tells me what I’m thinking.”

27. “You have to wake people up! To revolutionize their way of identifying things…you’ve got to create images they won’t accept.”

28. “The people who make art their business are mostly imposters.”

29. “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.”

30. “Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.”

31. “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.”

32. “Painting it’s a blind man profession. Painter is painting not what he sees but what he feels.”

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 Inspiring Pablo Picasso Quotes

33. “Everything you can imagine is real.”

34. “What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing.”

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

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

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

38. “I do not seek. I find.”

39. “Action is the foundational key to all success. ”

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

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

42. “It takes a very long time to become young.”

43. “Go and do the things you can’t. That is how you get to do them.”

44. “Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.”

45. “The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.”

46. “It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.”

47. “He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.”

48. “Anything new, anything worth doing, can’t be recognized.”

Thought-Provoking Pablo Picasso Quotes

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49. “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.”

50. “I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”

51. “People want to find a meaning in everything and everyone. That’s the disease of our age…”

52. “Youth has no age. ”

53. “If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.”

54. “Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.”

55. “It took me a lifetime.”

56. “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.”

57. “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.”

58. “Love is the greatest refreshment in life”

59. “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.”

60. “If I don’t have red, I use blue.”

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