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Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, and graphic artist who is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He was born in 1881 and died in 1973, leaving behind a legacy that continues to be celebrated today. This blog post will explore some of the highlights of Picasso’s life and work, as well as provide some inspiration for entrepreneurs.

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About Pablo Piccaso

birth of the author

25 October 1881

death of the author

8 April 1973

country of the author


education of the author

José Ruiz Y Blasco, Real Academia De Bellas Artes De San Fernando

knownfor of the author

Known For:
Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Ceramics, Stage Design, Writing

movement of the author

Cubism, Surrealism


Without great solitude no serious work is possible. — Pablo Picasso

I don’t work from nature, I work like nature. — Pablo Picasso

I am exhausted if I don’t work. — Pablo Picasso

Because I cannot work except in solitude, it is necessary that I live my work and that is impossible except in solitude. — Pablo Picasso

It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction. — Pablo Picasso

Work is a necessity for man. Man invented the alarm clock. — Pablo Picasso

An artist must forget painting when he paints. That’s the only way he will do original work. — Pablo Picasso

The only pictorial matter that is of interest to me is the matter and sentiments brought about by the work itself. — Pablo Picasso

It is a well–known fact that we see the faults in other’s works more readily than we do in our own. — Pablo Picasso

To me there is no past or future in art. If a work of art does not live in the present, it must not be considered at all. — Pablo Picasso

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. — Pablo Picasso

To blossom forth, a work of art must ignore or rather forget all the rules. — Pablo Picasso

Unless your work gives you trouble, it is no good. — Pablo Picasso


I put in my pictures everything I like. So much the worse for the things–they have to get along with one another. — Pablo Picasso

I understand my own pictures best six months after I have done them. — Pablo Picasso

The only thing emanating from my pictures should be emotion. — Pablo Picasso

People don’t realize what they have when they own a picture by me. Each picture is a phial with my blood. That is what has gone into it. — Pablo Picasso

A good picture, any picture, has to be bristling with razor blades. — Pablo Picasso

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.’ — Pablo Picasso

A picture lives by its legend–not by anything else. — Pablo Picasso

What I want is that my picture should evoke nothing but emotion. — Pablo Picasso

The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do? — Pablo Picasso

The only thing that’s important is the legend created by the picture, and not whether it continues to exist itself. — Pablo Picasso

Those trying to explain pictures are as a rule completely mistaken. — Pablo Picasso

Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things. — Pablo Picasso

I would like to manage to prevent people from ever seeing how a picture of mine has been done. What can it possibly matter? What I want is that the only thing emanating from my pictures should be emotion. — Pablo Picasso

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. — Pablo Picasso

It would be very interesting to preserve photographically not the stages, but the metamorphoses of a picture. Possibly one might then discover the path followed by the brain in materializing a dream. — Pablo Picasso

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. — Pablo Picasso

I want to get to the stage where nobody can tell how a picture of mine is done. What’s the point of that? Simply that I want nothing but emotion given off by it. — Pablo Picasso


Good artists copy, great artists steal. — Pablo Picasso

A plagiarist steals from one person. A true artist steals from everybody. — Pablo Picasso

It’s not what the artist does that counts; it’s what he is. — Pablo Picasso

It’s a poor artist who borrows––a good artist steals. — Pablo Picasso

Now there is fame! Of all–hunger, misery, the incomprehension by the public–fame is by far the worst. It is the castigation of God by the artist. It is sad. It is true. — Pablo Picasso

My mother said to me, if you go into the military, you will become a general. if you go into the clergy, you will become pope. instead, i became an artist, and i am piccaso. — Pablo Piccaso

The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies. — Pablo Picasso

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. — Pablo Picasso

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. — Pablo Picasso

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. — Pablo Picasso

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. — Pablo Picasso

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. — Pablo Picasso


I don’t say everything, but I paint everything. — Pablo Picasso

If everyone would paint, political re–education would be unnecessary. — Pablo Picasso

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them. — Pablo Picasso

Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it? — Pablo Picasso

When I paint I feel that all the artists of the past are behind me. — Pablo Picasso

If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse… but surely you will see the wildness! — Pablo Picasso

All children paint like geniuses. What do we do to them that so quickly dulls this ability? — Pablo Picasso

If there were only one truth, you couldn’t paint a hundred canvases on the same theme. — Pablo Picasso

You have to know how to be vulgar. Paint with four–letter words. — Pablo Picasso

I try to paint what I have found and not what I look for. In art, intentions are of little importance. — Pablo Picasso

A painter is a man who paints what he sells; an artist, on the other hand, is a man who sells what he paints. — Pablo Picasso

When I paint a woman in an armchair, the armchair is there to show illness and death–or as a protection. — Pablo Picasso

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

A painter paints to unload himself of feelings and visions. — Pablo Picasso

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In Pablo Piccaso Statements



Only when painting isn’t painting can there be an affront to modesty. — Pablo Picasso

I have a horror of people who speak about the beautiful. What is the beautiful? One must speak of problems in painting! — Pablo Picasso

I don’t own any of my own paintings because a Picasso original costs several thousand dollars and that’s a luxury I cannot afford. — Pablo Picasso

One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite–that particular peach is but a detail. — Pablo Picasso

When I am finished painting, I paint again for relaxation. — Pablo Picasso

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. — Pablo Picasso

I paint the way some people write an autobiography. The paintings, finished or not, are the pages from my diary. — Pablo Picasso

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. — Pablo Picasso

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

Painting is not made to decorate apartments. It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy. (about Guernica). — Pablo Picasso

Painting isn’t made for the decoration of apartments; it is a weapon to be used offensively and defensively against the enemy. — Pablo Picasso

Enough of Art. It’s Art that kills us. People no longer want to do painting: they make art. — Pablo Picasso

One never knows what one is going to do. One starts a painting and then it becomes something quite different. — Pablo Picasso

Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war. — Pablo Picasso

Even if the painting is green, well then! The ‘subject’ is the green. There is always a subject; it’s a joke to suppress the subject, it’s impossible. — Pablo Picasso

People want Art. And they are given it. But the less Art there is in painting the more painting there is. — Pablo Picasso

Painting isn’t an aesthetic operation; it’s a form of magic designed as mediator between this strange hostile world and us. — Pablo Picasso

Painting it’s a blind man profession. Painter is painting not what he sees but what he feels. — Pablo Picasso

Painting is stronger than me, it makes me do it’s bidding. — Pablo Picasso

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. — Pablo Picasso

The connoisseur of painting gives only bad advice to the painter. For that reason I have given up trying to judge myself. — Pablo Picasso


To be young, really young, takes a very long time. — Pablo Picasso

It is important to remember that great things have no fear of time. We’ve got to let go of the idea that what we want to manifest has to be done on our time schedule. — Pablo Picasso

The essential in this time of moral poverty is to create enthusiasm. — Pablo Picasso

I am only a public entertainer who understands his time. — Pablo Picasso

One cannot be a sorcerer all the time. How could one live? — Pablo Picasso

I have never had time for the idea of searching. Whenever I wanted to express something, I did so without thinking of the past or the future. — Pablo Picasso


When you’re really young, you’re young for life. — Pablo Picasso

One must act in painting as in life, directly. — Pablo Picasso

The artist spends the first part of his life with the dead, the second with the living, and the third with himself. — Pablo Picasso

The first half of life is learning to be an adult–the second half is learning to be a child. — Pablo Picasso

My whole life has been nothing more than a continuous struggle against Reaction and the death of art. — Pablo Picasso

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. — Pablo Picasso

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? — Pablo Picasso

The revolutionary artist does not only focus on the negative aspects of capitalist lives, but also creates visions of a revolutionary future. — Pablo Picasso

In life you throw a ball. You hope it will reach a wall and bounce back so you can throw it again. You hope your friends will provide that wall. — Pablo Picasso


Titian, Rembrandt and Goya were the great painters. I am only a public clown. — Pablo Picasso

There ought to be an absolute dictatorship… a dictatorship of painters… a dictatorship of one painter… to suppress all those who have betrayed us. — Pablo Picasso

The painter goes through states of fullness and evaluation. That is the whole secret of art. — Pablo Picasso

In every photographer there was a painter, a true artist, awaiting expression. — Pablo Picasso

The quality of a painter depends on the amount of past he carries with him. — Pablo Picasso

My mother said to me, if you are a soldier, you will became a general. If you are a monk will become the Pope. Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso. — Pablo Picasso

And fame, for a painter means sales, gains, fortune, riches. And today, as you know, I am celebrated. I am rich. — Pablo Picasso

What a trade! Poor painters! They always wish to be understood, and they are analysed instead. — Pablo Picasso

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. — Pablo Picasso

Two of the most frustrated trades are dentists and photographers–dentists because they want to be doctors, and photographers because they want to be painters. — Pablo Picasso

Style is often something which locks the painter into the same vision, the same technique, the same formula during years and years, sometimes during one’s whole lifetime. — Pablo Picasso

Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter? — Pablo Picasso

PABLO PICCASO Quotes Take Away

Picasso was one of the most influential painters of the 20th century. He was known for his unique style and approach to art. His quotes are just as inspiring as his paintings, and they can teach us a lot about life and work. We hope you enjoyed this collection of Picasso quotes. If you’re interested in learning more about how to be creative and productive, check out our courses page. We offer a variety of online courses that can help you unleash your inner artist and achieve your goals.

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