Friday, August 17, 2007


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Self-Portrait (1906)

I find it fascinating that Picasso painted several self-portraits, each so different from the next. And that he died the year before I was born.

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

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.

1 comment:

Sarah at SmallWorld said...

I use Picasso's self-portraits in my creative writing classes for exactly that reason. Why did he paint himself like this one year, and like this another year? Then I challenge them to write self-portraits each year to see how their view of themselves differ from year to year (or month to month). So interesting!