Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Olga in an Armchair (1917)
Like Breton, I unhesitatingly proclaim the peerlessness of Picasso. Picasso seemed to feel the same way:
"My mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general; if you become a monk you'll end up as the pope.' Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso."More words and images from Picasso below the fold.
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"I don't work according to Nature, but in front and together with it. An artist must observe Nature, but never confuse it with the art."
The Tragedy (1903)
"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."
Portrait of Dora Maar (1936)
"Bad artists copy. Great artists steal."
Man with Pipe (1914)
"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working."
La Vie (1903)
"Art is not invented to decorate rooms. Art is an offensive weapon, to defend against the enemy."
Pêche de nuit à Antibes (1939)
"The path to youth takes a whole life"
Self Portrait (1901)
"The art is a lie that leads us to the truth."
Girl in a Chemise (1905)