Quotation by Pablo Picasso

To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow ... the coup de grâce for the painter as well as for the picture.
Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), Spanish artist. Quoted in Jaime Sabartés, Picasso: portraits et souvenirs, ch. 7 (1946).
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