The following [excerpted] statement was made in Spanish to Marius de Zayas. Picasso approved de Zayas' manuscript before it was translated into English and published in The Arts (New York, May 1923) under the title "Picasso Speaks."
Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.
-- Pablo Picasso (1881–1973
(2:7.8) The discernment of supreme beauty is the discovery
and integration of reality: The discernment of the divine
goodness in the eternal truth, that is ultimate beauty. Even
the charm of human art consists in the harmony of its unity.
(2:7.11) All truth—material, philosophic, or spiritual—is
both beautiful and good. All real beauty—material art or
spiritual symmetry—is both true and good.
(195:5.2) Truth often becomes confusing and even misleading
when it is dismembered, segregated, isolated, and too much
analyzed. Living truth teaches the truth seeker aright only
when it is embraced in wholeness and as a living spiritual
reality, not as a fact of material science or an inspiration
of intervening art.
(195:7.22) Neither is the universe like the art of the
artist, but rather like the striving, dreaming, aspiring,
and advancing artist who seeks to transcend the world of
material things in an effort to achieve a spiritual goal.
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, also known as
Pablo Picasso, was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker,
ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most
of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most
influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for
co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed
sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide
variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among
his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles
d'Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a portrayal of the
Bombing of Guernica by the German and Italian airforces at the
behest of the Spanish nationalist government during the
Spanish Civil War..
Picasso, Henri Matisse and Marcel Duchamp are regarded as
the three artists who most defined the revolutionary
developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the
20th century, responsible for significant developments in
painting, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics.
Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his
early years, painting in a naturalistic manner through his
childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th
century, his style changed as he experimented with different
theories, techniques, and ideas. His work is often categorized
into periods. While the names of many of his later periods are
debated, the most commonly accepted periods in his work are
the Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1904–1906), the
African-influenced Period (1907–1909), Analytic Cubism
(1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919), also referred
to as the Crystal period.
Exceptionally prolific throughout the course of his long
life, Picasso achieved universal renown and immense fortune
for his revolutionary artistic accomplishments, and became one
of the best-known figures in 20th-century art.
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