Quotation by Pablo Picasso

Matisse makes a drawing, then he makes a copy of it. He recopies it five times, ten times, always clarifying the line. He's convinced that the last, the most stripped down, is the best, the purest, the definitive one; and in fact, most of the time, it was the first. In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt.
Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), Spanish artist. Quoted in Gyula Brassaï, Picasso and Company, p. 56 (1964, trans. 1966).
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