quote by Pablo Picasso

When we discovered cubism, we did not have the aim of discovering cubism. We only wanted to express what was in us.

— Pablo Picasso

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Most people don't do something seminal.

I've done it twice: with my tent and my bed. Picasso did it with Cubism.


Every so often, a painter has to destroy painting.

Cezanne did it, Picasso did it with Cubism. Then Pollock did it. He busted our idea of a picture all to hell. Then there could be new paintings again.

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Cubism is not a reality you can take in your hand.

It's more like a perfume, in front of you, behind you, to the sides, the scent is everywhere but you don’t quite know where it comes from.

People want to find a 'meaning' in everything and everyone. That's the disease of our age...

Cubism is like standing at a certain point on a mountain and looking around.

If you go higher, things will look different; if you go lower, again they will look different. It is a point of view.


Cubism is not a manner but an aesthetic, and even a state of mind;

it is therefore inevitably connected with every manifestation of contemporary thought. It is possible to invent a technique or a manner independently, but one cannot invent the whole complexity of a state of mind.

Cubism is the art of depicting new wholes with formal elements borrowed not only from the reality of vision, but from that of conception.

What greatly attracted me - and it was the main line of advance of Cubism - was how to give material expression to this new space of which I had an inkling. So I began to paint chiefly still lifes, because in nature there is a tactile, I would almost say a manual space... that was the earliest Cubist painting - the quest for space.

As we do not see squares in nature, I thought that it is man-made.

But I have corrected myself. Because squares exist in salt crystals, our daily salt.

I don't say everything, but I paint everything.


As a movement Cubism had consistently stopped short of complete abstraction.

Heretics such as Delaunay had painted pure abstractions but in so doing had deserted Cubism.

Cubism came about because, in the process of analyzing form, something that lay in the form, a plane, could be lifted out to float on its own.

Cubism did not accept the logical consequences of its own discoveries;

it was not developing abstraction towards its own goal, the expression of pure reality.

The goal I proposed myself in making cubism? To paint and nothing more.

.. with a method linked only to my thought... Neither the good nor the true; neither the useful nor the useless.

If we had never met Picasso, would Cubism have been what it is? I think not.

The meeting with Picasso was a circumstance in our lives.


No high-minded painter of the last fifty years has been able to come to terms with his art without coming to terms with the problem of cubism.

I think music has gone through a period of something very severe, rather radical, rather the way painting did with cubism.

If I have called Cubism a new order, it is without any revolutionary ideas or any reactionary ideas... One cannot escape from one's own epoch, however revolutionary one may be.

The non-geometric biomorphic forms of Arp and Miro and Moore are definitely in the ascendant. The formal tradition of Gauguin, Fauvism and Expressionism will probably dominate for some time to come the tradition of Cezanne and Cubism.

Until cubism, all art, all pictures, could be 'read' by anybody.

If this hadn't been so, the Christian message wouldn't have been seen by peasants and its importance would have been diminished.


Cubism had been an analysis of the object and an attempt to put it before us in its totality; both as analysis and as synthesis, it was a criticism of appearance. Surrealism transmuted the object, and suddenly a canvas became an apparition: a new figuration, a real transfiguration.

The activities of these parasites and degenerates gave rise to Cubism, Fauvism, Futurism, Pointillism, Constructivism, Orphism, Surrealism, Dada, and also Impossibleism, Supersurrealism, Dynamic Double-Dog Realism, Ishkabibbleism, and Mama, which is like Dada only nicer.

There has been 32 isms since the advent of cubism, yet after all there are essentially the same two old strings, the Romantic and the Classical. We've just be confused by the storm. Science and psychology have played a great part to say nothing of sex.

Seeing Cubism paintings at the Beaubourg makes me very happy and also old films.

The surrealists, and the modern movement in painting as a whole, seemed to offer a key to the strange postwar world with its threat of nuclear war. The dislocations and ambiguities, in cubism and abstract art as well as the surrealists, reminded me of my childhood in Shanghai.


Cubism is an anatomical chart of a way of seeing external objects.

But I want to confuse the meaning of the act of looking.

Maybe Cubism started this way. Memory re-arranging a face.

As a visual arts teacher, I have to keep my mind open.

I have explores styles from pointillism to cubism.

City of prose and fantasy, of capitalist automation, its streets a triumph of cubism, its moral philosophy that of the dollar. New York impressed me tremendously because, more than any other city, it is the fullest expression of our modern age.

Cubism is ... a picture for its own sake. Literary Cubism does the same thing in literature, using reality merely as a means and not as an end.


I was trained to look at colour, edges, to see negative space.

I honestly think my greatest influence as a writer is from Cubism - the idea of a multi-faceted, multi-perspective way of looking at things.

Raising a child is a little like Picasso's work;

in the beginning he did very conventional representational things. Cubism came after he had the rules down pat.

Cubism is still the most important art movement for the same reason that John D.

is still the most important Rockefeller.

Modernism in a way, early modernism, for instance, in pictures, was turning against perspective and Europe. And all early modernism is actually from out of Europe, when you think of cubism is African, is looking at Africa, Matisse is looking at the arabesque, Oceania. Europe was the optical projection that had become photography, that had become film, that became television and it conquered the world.