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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesVisual ArtsPainting · 10 years ago

Why did Picasso say "good artists copy but great artists steal"?

Did Picasso steal someone's art or idea of art?

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  • M T
    Lv 6
    10 years ago
    Best Answer

    He meant that every artist is influenced by what has been done before their time. If not by direct exposure, the information the artist is exposed to through other people, media, etc. influences them. We are all a product of our times and have the benefit of those who have walked similar paths we are now on.

    We all borrow because it has all been done before and we are not the originators. To merely copy is to take an existing interpretation and not run away with it. To steal an idea is to take something of value and make it yours. To make an artistic element yours you have to interpret it your way with your own approach.

    This cannot be done when you are merely copying the idea. When copying the idea you are just doing everything exactly like it was previously done. When you have done it your way you have used the element and not simply duplicated it.

    It is not required that you advance the element. You can go sideways and even backwards with the idea and you can be stealing the element and not copying it. On the contrary, when merely copying the element you have failed if you do not match the original.

  • Erika
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Great Artists Steal

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    4 years ago

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  • 4 years ago

    Neither Picasso or Steve Jobs originated that idea. Credit goes to TS Eliot “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different” (Tradition abd the Individual Talent, The Sacred Wood, published in 1921)

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  • 6 years ago

    Picasso didn't actually say that despite popular opinion that he did. The exact phrase you're quoting was Steve Jobs, who was repeating a phrase that first started appearing in the late 1800's.

  • Amanda
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    "good artists copy but great artists steal"

    Yes I am totally agree with his this one-liner, He was talking about the idea behind the paintings.

    And you can get the glimpse of his thoughts in his paintings.

  • 6 years ago

    ...well, part of the problem is that Picasso never did say this quotation.. Steve Jobs mis-attributed it to him, but nowhere in his writings, or interviews, or correspondence did he say these words... so, everything else is conjecture... for more of an investigation, go here: http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/03/06/artists-st...

  • 6 years ago

    "If i have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Isaac Newton

    This goes directly with Picasso's quote.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Picasso truly embodies this quote, as he did in fact "steal" ideas from his colleague, Braque. Though Picasso is probably best known for establishing Cubism, Braque was always a step ahead of Picasso. However, Picasso was much more of a prolific painter than Braque, so Picasso would work through a concept that Braque had come up with much faster than Braque himself. For example, Braque was the first one to begin using faux-bois (fake wood pattern) that was so crucial in the development of synthetic cubism, but it was Picasso who used it to attribute a different meaning to the pattern and further the idea of synthetic cubism. So it is undeniable that Picasso was a savvy artist, to say the least.

  • 6 years ago

    i think the idea is, when you 'steal' something, you have assumed new ownership over this object. You have, in essence, made it yours. Whereas, if you copy something, it is merely a replication of something that is clearly someone else's.

  • 6 years ago

    Clearly M T's answer is not the best one. I really hope Lili comes back! I want to hear her(?) response to being 'quoted' by Shai! LOL

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