Good artists copy, great artists steal
Good artists copy, great artists steal. Pablo Picasso said that.
What I think he meant was that it is easy to see where a good artist has got his/her influences from (copy) whereas a great artist will use new and unique influences in his/her work. No one knows what these influences are unless the artist reveals them - this is a secret kind of copying - like stealing.
Copying = Taking something that X else has done and making something that looks like it. An observer says 'This is a copy of X.' X still gets his credit.
"Copying = Taking something that X else has done and making something that looks like it. An observer says 'This is a copy of X.' X still gets his credit.
I remember seeing an interview with Bobby Krieger from the Doors in which he admitted to stealing guitar riffs from older blues bands that he used to listen to.
I heard that quote in college, meant nothing to me.
Picasso also said, "to search means nothing in painting. To find is the thing". He was getting at the same idea with that. As a person with a fine art degree, headed for a ph.d in art history eventually, i'd say he meant something more like this: copying another painting, or stealing the idea of the painting and creating something new with it. Stealing the idea doesn't mean the composition for an artist -- that's copying. You steal the feeling from the painting, and use it to create something else.
"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Newton
Copying is when you make copies of software or music for your own personal or business use.
I think the crux of it is that no artist creates anything. Everything he does is a progression of what was done before.
A fine description. Thanks Ged Byrne.
I think great ideas exist in the ether and are free to anyone who is capable of tuning in to them. Ever had a dream where you stumble upon this fantastic weird idea, or when it's as if you're reading from a script. I often wondered where they came from, certainly not from any past experience.
Locke theorized that creativity, as most people think of it, doesn't even exist. The idea is that all new ideas are just old ideas jammed together in different ways.
From www.dictionary.com... "Steal - v. To take (the property of another) without right or permission."
A famous art dealer travelled far to visit Picasso so he authenticate a painting he just purchased.
Google has already included this post in the search results. That is amazing.
No wait, this post is just a copy of one of his previous posts, which is the one linked by Google.
And it seems I've been telling that same Picasso story since 2002. Before I acquired the www. and the .com .
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