Time is a theme which enthralls me, in particular the extent to which we are shaped by our time (century, generation, whatever), and the extent to which we can transcend it. So I was struck by this comment of Picasso’s, especially coming from someone widely considered to have been ahead of his time, or at least not constrained by it.
‘You can’t escape your own period. Whether you take sides for or against, you’re always inside it.’
Source: Picasso quoted in Françoise Gilot and Carlton Lake, Life with Picasso (Harmondsworth: Penguin 1966) (McGraw-Hill, 1964), p. 70
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