Saturday, August 15, 2009


"I like all painting, I always look at the paintings—good or bad—in barbershops, furniture stores, provincial hotels...I'm like a drinker who needs wine. As long as it's wine, it doesn't matter what wine."
—Picasso (at least according to the book DEPARTED ANGELS JACK KEROUAC THE LOST PAINTINGS, though the translation seems a little off. (It doesn't say who did it.) I would have said "I'm like a wino" rather than "I'm like a drinker who needs wine." etc. But still, the sentiment is one I get. I used to feel that way about movies as a kid and poetry as a young man. Still do sometimes.)


The Kid said...

Love this.

My favorite story about Picasso; he's in a cafe, is approached by a young fan who has the balls to ask for a sketch. Picasso draws something very quickly and says here, that'll be $400 (or some outrageous amount). The kid replies, 'But that only took you 5 minutes!' And Picasso replies, 'No, that took me forty years."

harryn said...

another picasso story - he's in a cafe, does a sketch and at the end of his meal presents it to the cafe owner - the cafe owner honors master picasso with a meal on the house but when he finds it isn't signed approaches him with the request - picasso replies; "i wanted a meal, not the cafe" ...