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I was going to have cosmetic surgery until I noticed that the doctor’s office was full of portraits by Picasso. Rita Rudner
Picasso: The Three Dancers 1925: One of the great works of the twentieth century ... The work had surreal undertones. Tim Marlow on ... The New Tate Modern
Picasso’s Les Demoiselles D’Avignon: Five nude female figures … Cubism born … The most important painting of the twentieth century. Tim Marlow: The Nude: The Modern, Sky Arts 2012
Over the past decade Pablo Picasso has become the most enduring subject for blockbuster exhibitions. Tim Marlow on ... Picasso and Modern British Art
A new exhibition here at Tate Britain explores the relationship between Picasso and modern British art. ibid.
Less contentious is the formative impact that Picasso had on the two most potent British painters to emerge during and after the Second World War – Francis Bacon and Graham Sutherland. Bacon destroyed most of his early work from the thirties. ibid.
Sutherland too looked closely at Guernica. (Artists: Picasso & Artists: Sutherland & Art) ibid.
In a way [David] Hockney’s approach to Picasso typifies that which dominated at the end of the twentieth century: knowing, engaged but unthreatened. ibid.
Picasso is unsurpassed. ibid.
In the autumn of 1907 a young Spanish artist showed his Parisian friends a new painting. So horrified were they that he rolled it up and hid it away for a decade, and yet it’s a painting that changed the course of art history. The artist was Pablo Picasso. Tim Marlow, Great Art s3e1: Young Picasso, ITV 2019
‘Picasso indeed thought of himself as a Spanish exile in Paris.’ ibid. art historian
Picasso: It was an expression purely of the moment and the age. Great Artists in Their Own Words I: The Future is Now 1907-1939, BBC 2013
Picasso’s cubist paintings shattered the laws of perspective. His portraits reached new levels of intensity. ibid.
Visitors to the Louvre were undeterred: for some time afterwards they queued up to contemplate the blank space where the Mona Lisa had once hung. The theft made headline news around the world. A massive police hunt was launched, and among those suspects brought in for questioning was a radical young Spanish artist named Pablo Picasso. Alan Yentob, Leonardo III: The Secret Life of the Mona Lisa, BBC 2003
Every so often Picasso gets visits from the Gestapo. Simon Schama’s Power of Art: Picasso, BBC 2006
Guernica: What can art really do in the face of atrocity? ibid.
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon ... Portrait of Ambroise Vollard ... The Painter and His Model ... Large Nude in a Red Armchair. ibid.
In his own homeland Spain the old certainties were collapsing ... Violence regularly erupted between political factions on the right and the left ... Spain was about to be torn apart. It was already hopelessly divided. ibid.
Over five thousand bombs were dropped on the defenceless town ... Turning the town into an ashy cauldron. ibid.
He has become the impresario of anguish. ibid.
Guernica: Something that reaches deep into modern nightmares. Hectic. Terrifying. Burning. Screaming. There’s no way out. It’s defiantly modern. But it also pulls us back into the tragedy of the ages ... This picture achieves a miracle ... It makes us feel it. It gets under our skin. This for me is what all great art has to do: crash into our lazy routines. ibid.
What can art do when the bombs start dropping? It can instruct us in the obligations of being human. ibid.
Picasso is much more than a painter, he’s the ultimate luxury brand. Alastair Sooke, The World’s Most Expensive Paintings, BBC 2011
Two names came up, names familiar in the world of art and letters. One was a poet. The other a young Spanish artist who was already showing promise: Pablo Picasso. Art of the Heist: Missing Mona Lisa
Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth. Pablo Picasso
The world doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do? Pablo Picasso
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. Pablo Picasso
All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso
I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them. Pablo Picasso
Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working. Pablo Picasso
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place. Pablo Picasso 1946
The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do? Pablo Picasso
The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good’ sense. Pablo Picasso
Every act of creation is first an act of destruction. Pablo Picasso
Art is the elimination of the unnecessary. Pablo Picasso
Give me a museum and I’ll fill it. Pablo Picasso
You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea. Pablo Picasso
One must act in painting as in life, directly. Pablo Picasso
The hidden harmony is better than the obvious. 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
Abstract art is only painting. And what’s so dramatic about that? There is no abstract art. One must always begin with something. Afterwards one can remove all semblance of reality; there is no longer any danger as the idea of the object has left an indelible imprint. It is the object which aroused the artist, stimulated his ideas and set of his emotions. These ideas and emotions will be imprisoned in his work for good. Pablo Picasso, 1934
Neither is there figurative and non-figurative art. All things appear to us in the shape of forms. Even in metaphysics ideas are expressed by forms, well then think how absurd it would be to think of painting without the imagery of forms. A figure, an object, a circle, are forms; they affect us more or less intensely. Pablo Picasso
The fact that for a long time Cubism has not been understood and that even today there are people who cannot see anything in it, means nothing. Pablo Picasso
When I was the age of these children I could draw like Raphael; it took me many years to learn how to draw like these children. Pablo Picasso, 1956
Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting. Pablo Picasso
Sculpture is the art of the intelligence. 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
To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture. Pablo Picasso