On the day that would’ve marked Pablo Picasso’s 131st birthday (as legend has it, he was thought to have been born still, until a visitor’s cigar smoke blew onto the newborn’s face and he cried out to everyone’s surprise), we’d like to take a moment to salute the legendary artist, Under 5′7″ All-Star and boat shirt aficionado with a few iconic photos and noteworthy words of wisdom.

Remembering Pablo Picasso, in his own words…

 
You cannot go against nature. She is stronger than the strongest of men. We can permit ourselves some liberties, but in details only.

 
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

 
My mother said to me, “If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.” Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.

 

—N.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Najib Benouar