Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Painting Against the Enemy

"Painting is not made to decorate apartments. It's an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy."~Picasso

(Nina Leen photograph of a fighter in her studio via LIFE Archives)

7 comments:

secret, fragile skies said...

This is a great Picasso quote. When I first read it, I copied the entire paragraph on the first page of my notebook so I would not forget.

simon said...

my son paints- against the demons within

Giulia said...

Secret--I shall have to find the whole paragraph. I don't have it. Good for you, though. I think I'll tack it up on my bulletin board.

Simon--That's excellent. Many have in the history of art. Good for him, really. I'm sure you encourage him, too.

secret, fragile skies said...

Here it is:
"What do you think an artist is? An imbecile who only has eyes if he's a painter, ears if he's a musician, or a lyre in every chamber of his heart if he's a poet – or even, if he's a boxer, only some muscles? Quite the contrary, he is at the same time a political being constantly alert to the horrifying, passionate or pleasing events in the world, shaping himself completely in their image. How is it possible to be uninterested in other men and by virtue of what cold nonchalance can you detach yourself from the life that they supply so copiously? No, painting is not made to decorate apartments. It's an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy."

Giulia said...

Thank you so much! That is brilliant. And for reasons I shall relate later, fairly soon, resonates with me so very much. In a specific way & timely manner. Brava for having that in your notebook.

xo

lettuce said...

great quote

i enjoy painting the house too but the latest decorating colours were dictated by a favourite painting we're hanging there...

Giulia said...

The picture takes precedence--I get it. I'd love to see the painting...