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Life and death….

Artists born October – December

Artist: Pablo Picasso | Title: Les Demoiselles d'Avignon | Year: 1907

Pablo Picasso

October 25th, 1881 - 8 April 1973, Malaga, Spain

Picasso was baptised Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito. His names honored various saints and relatives; his last names were Ruiz and Picasso, for his father and mother respectively, as required by Spanish law. 

“Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one's bath like a lump of sugar.”

“I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.” 

“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.”

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.”

“Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.”

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”

“Success is dangerous. One begins to copy 
oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.”

“Colours, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.”

“Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.”

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.” 

The people who make art their business are mostly imposters.

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. 
Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”

“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.”

“I do not seek. I find.”


Artist: Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse | Title: Le Bonheur de Vivre (The Joy of Life)

Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse

December 31, 1869, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France, - November 3, 1954, Nice, France

“The essential thing is to spring forth, to express the bolt of lightning one senses upon contact with a thing. The function of the artist is not to translate an observation but to express the shock of the object on his nature; the shock, with the original reaction.”

“You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as 
desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover.”

“Expression, for me, does not reside in passions glowing in a human face or manifested by violent movement. The entire arrangement of my picture is expressive; the place occupied by the figures, the empty spaces around them, the proportions, everything has its share.”

“I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.”

“A picture must possess a real power to generate light and for a long time now I've been conscious of expressing myself through light or rather in light.”

“An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc.”

“It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.”

“I don't know whether I believe in God or not. I think, really, I'm some sort of Buddhist. But the essential thing is to put oneself in a frame of mind which is close to that of prayer.”


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