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For some people he was the greatest genius in visual arts of the twentieth century. For others he was a charlatan and a great public relations manager of his own art and person. In my view he was both.
First Publication: October 2009
Latest Update: April 2013
For copyright reasons we cannot show you any pictures of Picasso art works on this web site. That's a pity. But you find a rather popular, easy to read biography on this page and on a continuation page. And to make this page look less sad, we show a painting by a young emerging Chinese artist. Her name is Poon Shu. And you can see more works by Poon Shu on our website dedicated to contemporary Chinese art.
Quotations by famous personalities are supposed to be witty and attract attention. The quotes by Pablo Picasso reveal a serious painter. But they show also the clown in him and the Spanish macho who changed his female companions at least as often as his painting styles and who enjoyed watching the archaic slaughtering of animals in Spanish areana, commonly known as bull fights.
"There is no abstract art. You always have to begin with something. Afterwards you can remove all traces of reality."
"I don't say everything. But I paint everything."
"You expect me to tell you what art is? If I knew it, I would keep it for myself."
"If there is something to steal, I steal it."
"Bad artists copy. Good artists steal."
"As a child I could paint like Rapfael. But it took me years to learn to paint like a child."
"The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?"
"There are only two types of women - goddesses and doormats."
"You must not always believe what I say. Questions tempt you to tell lies, particularly when there is no answer."
Author: Dieter Wanczura
Ingo F. Walther, "Picasso", Benedikt Taschen Verlag GmbH, 1999, Köln, ISBN 3-8228-6371-8.
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