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Matisse Picasso Seminar On Picasso Quotes Printed in AshtonPicasso on Art A Selection of Views Da Capo Press Inc 1972 51-53 Word Count 475 In Picasso on Art a section is dedicated to Picassos views on those who imitated him and those that he imitated My of his quotes show that he believed in the art of copying for himself as well as others What does it mean says Picasso for a painter to paint in the manner of So-and -So or to actually imitate someone else Whats wrong with that On the contrary its a good idea You should constantly try to paint like someone else But the thing is you cant You would like to You try But it turns out to be a botchand its at the very moment you make a botch of it that youre yourself Parmelin 1965 page 43 When reading this quote any artist would realize the importance of imitating It is the realization that in order to make a work ones own he must first try to replicate a master which according to Picasso is a false hope At the moment the imitator makes a mess of his replication it is when he comes into his own as an artist He has taken the work of another and made it his own Another quote on Imitators Ha exclaimed Picasso do you think I paint for those people at the Rotonde Its too bad if theyre still there let them walk in their own shit Since I now have Imitators I could care less Imitators All right Disciples if you like But disciples be damned Its not interesting Its only the masters that matter Those who create And they dont even turn around when you piss on their heels Georges-Michel 1954 pages 94-95 In the beginning of this quote Picasso buys into the old saying that imitation is the greatest form
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