Happy Birthday, Pablo Picasso

We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.” 

 Pablo Picasso

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17 Replies to “Happy Birthday, Pablo Picasso”

  1. Why did I forget Picasso’s BD? Because I never knew his BD! Thank you for this artist’s BD series. I like this quote a lot. After all, what is truth and what is a lie in art? It is up to us to interpret it. I also like your quote from Alice B. Toklas about Picasso’s portrait of Gertrude Stein. Last year summer, SFMOMA had a big exhibition of the Stein’s collection. At the same time there was the movie of Woody Allen…Midnight in Paris. It was so cool! Picasso was there!


      1. Thank you, Rebecca. I did see Stein’s painting in this movie. Thank you for sending the Cone sister’s video.


      2. My pleasure – I knew that you would like it! Can you imagine living in there apartments and meeting their guests!! 🙂


    1. I agree – he was never afraid to voice his opinion. People listened – they still do!

      “What do you think an artist is? …he is a political being, constantly aware of the heart breaking, passionate, or delightful things that happen in the world, shaping himself completely in their image. Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war.” Pablo Picasso


      1. “An instrument of war” – so often, art can be an instrument of war, it’s true. Creating revolutions of thought. Love this!


  2. I don’t think one can look at a piece of art without understanding a bit about the artist. The work may not appeal to you, but you can then see it through different eyes. There is an appreciation that goes beyond liking or disliking.


    1. I have been thinking along the same lines. I’m almost finished with the biography of Georgia O’Keeffe. I am learning that an artist’s creative outflow allows us to look into their soul…


    1. I have often thought of the discussions that Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein had over the years. It must have been amazing!!!

      “After a while I murmured to Picasso that I liked his portrait of Gertrude Stein. Yes, he said, everybody says that she does not look like it but that does not make any difference, she will, he said.” Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas


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