Updated: Apr 20, 2020
There is a commonly sited Picasso quote that I always felt to be misleading. "Good artists copy, great artists steal."offers a very grim outlook on the advancement of art when taking at face value. INNOVATION is essential to creation
This utterance from the master seems as if it's an arrogant quip that he put out to challenge future artists. Dumbing down his own genius to a level of copying and stealing from others.
Taking the bait, we must think about what it is we are meant to steal. Steal knowledge learn from you predecessors. Copy working
elements, colors, compositions. Steal a process that allows you to achieve desired outcome.
Ingest all of these things and churn out your own original thoughts or ideas.
By simply repeating what we see we never advance. The art never advances. A copy is never as good as the original. And our aim is to be better than the past. Building off others is where innovation lives. Picasso is not the greatest ever because he mastered replicating the work around him. He is the G.O.A.T. because he father and mastered 5 new innovative styles that would change what art is forever. Don't be fooled by face value.