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Pablo Picasso

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Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso (October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973) was a Spanish artist.

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  • "For a long time I limited myself to one colour — as a form of discipline."[1]    
Simple: For a long time I used only one main colour when I painted, to train myself.
  • "It means nothing to me. I have no opinion about it, and I don't care."[2]
Simple: I don't care or have any thought about it.
  • "People who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree."[3]
  • "Painting isn't an aesthetic operation; it's a form of magic designed as mediator between this strange hostile world and us."[4]
  • "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."[5]   
Simple: All children are artists. The problem is how to stay an artist when the child grows up.
What it means: When you grow up, you lose the creativity you had when you were a child.


  1. On his "blue" and "rose" periods, from Picasso on Art
  2. On the first moon landing, The New York Times
  3. Picasso on Art (1988) edited by Dore Ashton
  4. The Golden Ratio by Mario Livio, p. 159
  5. Quoted in Peter's Quotations: Ideas for Our Time. Laurence J. Peter. Bantam Books, New York NY, USA. 1977/1979. Page 25.

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