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Pablo Picasso: Four Forms, Roland Penrose

He realises that it is not his role to copy nature but rather to be acutely aware of it and to interpret the many ways in which he is affected by the world he lives in and the human beings he sees around him. They will affect him by their external appearance and by their influence over him. The first can be described by skilful representation in line, colour and form, but the second can only be communicated in a symbolic way, and it is the degree in which the artist can successfully transfer these intangible influences into a symbolic image which convinces us of his power. “I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”