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Monday, May 29, 2006

I tripped on a pebble

I very rarely post anything here that does not include one of my works but since coming across this quote I feel that it is only fair to post this.

A very important quote from Pablo Picasso:

"From the moment that art ceases to be food that feeds the best minds, the artist can use his talents to perform all the tricks of the intellectual charlatan. Most people can today no longer expect to receive consolation and exaltation from art. The 'refined,' the rich, the professional 'do-nothings', the distillers of quintessence desire only the peculiar, the sensational, the eccentric, the scandalous in today's art. I myself, since the advent of Cubism, have fed these fellows what they wanted and satisfied these critics with all the ridiculous ideas that have passed through my mind. The less they understood them, the more they admired me. Through amusing myself with all these absurd farces, I became celebrated, and very rapidly. For a painter, celebrity means sales and consequent affluence. Today, as you know, I am celebrated, I am rich. But when I am alone, I do not have the effrontery to consider myself an artist at all, not in the grand old meaning of the word: Giotto, Titian, Rembrandt, Goya were great painters. I am only a public clown--a mountebank. I have understood my time and have exploited the imbecility, the vanity, the greed of my contemporaries. It is a bitter confession, this confession of mine, more painful than it may seem. But at least and at last it does have the merit of being honest."

I think that I am definitely not your ordinary guy. This damn quote moves me to tears. :(

I think that I will never again lambast modern art.

Or atleast I'll try not to. :P

3 comments:

Runecaster said...

Salubri! this is Runecaster from CGSociety - I got your link from your sig.

This quote moved me to tears, too. Wow. All I want to do is run in there and read it to my husband, but he is watching the first game of the NBA finals, haha!

Take care :) Thank you for posting that!

Salubri said...

hey runecaster! thanks for dropping by. you know i actually got that quote from the forums. i think it was posted in the art theories category... by lunatique.

try scrolling down the sidebar. you'll find William Bouguereau's quotes. i think they best describe how we feel about painting. lolz.

Lore Weaver said...

dude :)

Ricky here.

Nice. :) This is indeed the path you wish to take.

All the best :D