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Picasso, maybe the greatest figure of twentieth century art, left us a rich legacy of quotes and original phrases. Here are some really famous Pablo Picasso quotes along with their English translation.




Todo lo que puede ser imaginado es real.
All that can be imagined is real.





Para dibujar hay que cerrar los ojos y cantar.
To paint one must shut one´s eyes and sing.



Yo no pinto lo que veo, pinto lo que siento.
I don´t paint what I see, I paint what I feel.



La inspiración existe, pero tiene que encontrarte trabajando.
Inspiration exists, but it has to find you at work.



La calidad de un pintor depende de la cantidad de pasado que lleve consigo.
The quality of a painter depends on how much personal history he carries along with him.



Yo hago lo imposible, porque lo posible lo hace cualquiera.
I do the impossible, because the possible anyone can do.



La fotografía vino a tiempo para liberar la pintura de toda literatura, de la anécdota, e incluso del tema.
Photography came on time to liberate painting from all literature, from anecdote, and even from subject.



Pintar es otra manera de llevar un diario.
Painting is another way of keeping a diary.



Dora Maar au chat, 1941


La enseñanza académica de la belleza en una superchería. El Arte no consiste en la aplicación de un canon de belleza sino en lo que el instinto y el cerebro son capaces de concebir más allá de ese canon.
The academic teaching of beauty is a fraud. Art does not consist in the application of a model of beauty, rather in how instinct and brain are able to conceive beyond that canon.



El arte es una mentira que nos acerca a la verdad.
Art is a lie that brings us closer to truth.



La pintura es más fuerte que yo, siempre consigue que haga lo que ella quiere.
Painting is stronger than me, it always succeeds in making me do what she wants.



Un pintor es un hombre que pinta lo que vende. Un artista, en cambio, es un hombre que vende lo que pinta.
A painter is a man who paints what he sells. An artist, on the other hand, is a man who sells what he paints.



Todo niño es un artista. El problema es cómo mantenerse siendo niño una vez que se ha crecido.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to keep on being a child once grown up.



Por desgracia uso las cosas según me lo dicta mi pasión.
Unfortunately I use things the way my passion dictates.



La pintura no ha sido hecha para decorar los departamentos. Es un instrumento de guerra ofensiva y defensiva contra el enemigo.
Painting was not made for decorating flats. It is an instrument of offensive and defensive war against the enemy.



Pintar como los pintores del renacimiento, me llevó unos años, pintar como los niños me llevó toda la vida.
It took me a few years to learn to paint like the painters of the renaissance; to learn to paint the way children do took me my whole life.





Lleva tiempo llegar a ser joven.
It takes time to get to be young.



Pero recuerda, la única persona que te acompaña toda la vida eres tú mismo. ¡Mantente vivo, hagas lo que hagas!
But remember, the only person that stays with you forever is yourself. ¡Keep yourself alive, no matter what you do!



El principal enemigo de la creatividad es el buen gusto.
The main enemy of creativity is good taste.



En cuestiones de pintura un experto sólo puede dar malos consejos a un pintor, por eso he renunciado a intentar juzgarme.
In matters of painting an expert can only give bad advice to a painter, that´s why I’ve given up trying to judge myself.



Yo no digo todo, mas pinto todo.
I don´t say everything, but I paint everything.



Cuando se es joven de verdad, se es joven para toda la vida.
When one’s truly young, one is young for life.



Este cuadro mío habría causado ya su efecto aunque yo lo encerrase bajo sellos o lo quemase.
This painting of mine would have already caused its effect even if I had locked it up under seal or had burnt it.



Yo no evoluciono, yo soy.
I don´t evolve, I am.



Guernica, 1937



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Pablo Picasso
1881-1973
Spanish painter, draughtsman and sculptor, one of the greatest figures of twentieth century art.
He was extremely prolific throughout his lifetime. His oeuvre is characterized by distinct periods: academic realism in his youth, the somber Blue Period, the Rose Period, the African-influenced Period, analytic cubism and neo expressionism at the end of his life.





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