How Authentic is Modern Art?


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Even Picasso, who was a brilliant drawer but catered to this madness, had bitter-sweet thoughts about the path he had chosen, and felt embittered and betrayed by the vacillations of art trends, and lamented the dangers to the integrity of the artist. Picasso’s quote in Giovanni Papino’s “Libro Nero” 1952:

“In Art today, the mass of the people no longer seek consolation and exaltation, but those who are refined, rich, unoccupied, who are distillers of quintessence, seek only what is new, strange, exotic, extravagant and scandalous; and I, since Cubism, and even before, have satisfied these masters and critics with all the changing oddities that have passed through my head; and the less they understood them, the more they admired them, with the result that today I am celebrated and rich.

But when I am alone, I have not the courage to think of myself as an artist in the sense of the great masters of old, such as the Titans, the Rembrandts, the Goyas and many others.

Now these were great painters; I am only a public entertainer who has understood his times and who has exhausted to the best of his ability all the imbecilities, the cupidities and the vanities of my contemporaries.

Yes – mine is a bitter confession, and more painful than it may appear; but it has the merit of being sincere”.

So true in 1952, even more so sixty+ years later.