My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?
Every good painter paints what he is.
It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism.
Don't worry about mistakes. Making things out of mistakes, that's creativity.
When art critics get together they talk about Form and Structure and Meaning. When artists get together they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine.
A young painter who cannot liberate himself from the influence of past generations is digging his own grave.
I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
Art is art. Everything else is everything else.
In fact, whatever exists in the universe, in essence, in appearance, in the imagination, the painter has first in his mind and then in his hands ... it lies in his power to create them . . .
The painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen.
Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
The painter's obsession with his subject is all that he needs to drive him to work.
Everything you can imagine is real.
If we don't have a sense of humor, we lack a sense of perspective
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
When a type design is good it is not because each individual letter of the alphabet is perfect in form, but because there is a feeling of harmony and unbroken rhythm that runs through the whole design, each letter kin to every other and to all.
Being willing is not enough. We must do.
A kiss from my mother made me a painter.
If you look into the past of the successful painter you will find square miles of canvas behind him.
I thought the objects we value least because they were ubiquitous were actually the most extraordinary.
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
On second thought, I think I am more crazy than my goat.
The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
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