Friday, 16 March 2012

Subversive art

“When I paint, I always try to give an image people are not expecting and, beyond that, one they reject. That's what interests me. It's in this sense that I mean I always try to be subversive. That is, I give a man an image of himself whose elements are collected from among the usual way of seeing things in traditional painting and then reassembled in a fashion that is unexpected and disturbing enough to make it impossible for him to escape the questions it raises.”

Picasso, quoted by Françoise Gilot in “Life with Picasso” (English translation by Carlton Lake)

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