Pablo Picasso: “Everyone wants to understand art.”


“Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird? Why does one love the night, flowers, everything around one, without trying to understand them? But in the case of a painting people have to understand. If only they would realize above all that an artist works of necessity, that he himself is only a trifling bit of the world, and that no more importance should be attached to him than to plenty of other things which please us in the world, though we can’t explain them.”

– Pablo Picasso

Black and white photograph of Pablo Picasso facing slightly to the right, looking at the camera with a subdued expression. He is wearing a heavy, textured coat and has a prominent, angular jawline. Picasso's hair is slicked to the side and he appears to be in his early adulthood.
Pablo Picasso


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