Spanish Painter, Sculptor, Printmaker, Ceramicist and Stage Designer who co-founded the Cubist Movement, the invention of Constructed Sculpture and the co-invention of Collage
"Every positive value has its price in negative terms, and you never see anything very great which is not, at the same time, horrible in some respect... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima. "
"Age only matters when one is aging. Now that I have arrived at a great age, I might just as well be twenty."
"I do not evolve, I am. In art there is neither past nor future. Art that is not in the present will never be."
"Matisse makes a drawing, then he makes a copy of it. He copies it five times, ten times, always clarifying the line. He’s convinced that the last, the most stripped down, is the best, the purest, the definitive one; and in fact, most of the time, it was the first. In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt. "
"We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize-at least, the truth that is given us to understand...Nature and art, being two different things, cannot be the same thing. Through art we express our conception of what nature is not."
"Anything new, anything worth doing, can't be recognized. People just don't have that much vision."
"An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought."
"Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs. "
"Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art. "
"Everybody has the same energy potential. The average person wastes his in a dozen little ways. I bring mine to bear on one thing only: my paintings and everything else is sacrificed to it...myself included. "
"God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things. "
"He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law. "
"Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things. "
"I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents. "
"If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse... but surely you will see the wildness! "