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Pablo Picasso's Top 25 Tips For Understanding Art


        posted by Ally, Spacious Planet, October 10, 2011

Even great artists will often admit: I am no Picasso!

So who better than Picasso for a few tips on the topic of art?

But what did the great master have to say on the topic? Luckily, Picasso was very outspoken about matters of art, creativity and life in general.

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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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Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.

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.
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Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.
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Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
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Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.

Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.
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Disciples be damned. It's not interesting. It's only the masters that matter. Those who create.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.
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If there were only one truth, you couldn't paint a hundred canvases on the same theme.

One must act in painting as in life, directly.

Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.
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Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.

Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting.

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

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.

The more technique you have, the less you have to worry about it. The more technique there is, the less there is.
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The people who make art their business are mostly imposters.

The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?
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There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.

They ought to put out the eyes of painters as they do goldfinches in order that they can sing better.

To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.
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When you start with a portrait and search for a pure form, a clear volume, through successive eliminations, you arrive inevitably at the egg. Likewise, starting with the egg and following the same process in reverse, one finishes with the portrait.
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Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?

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.
Pablo Picasso was a Spanish artist known for founding the Cubist movement and for his many innovative techniques, styles and ideas.

Picasso’s work is often categorized into several periods: the Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1905–1907), the African Period (1908–1909), Cubism (1909–1919) and the later period in which Picasso experimented in everything from neoclassical painting to art movies. Picasso is also credited being one of the early pioneers of neo-expressionism in the period before his death (1968 - 1971).






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