Only the Krinskyites are naive enough to think that an
artist can fit into society. That’s because they don’t know
what an artist is. What can the state do with
the real artists, the seers? They think that a toady
like Potemkin is an artist. There is absolute opposition between
the creator and the state. So there’s only one tactic
for the state — kill the seers. If the idea of
society is to dominate the idea of the individual,
the individual must perish. Furthermore, there wouldn’t be such things as
seers if the state did not try to suppress them.
Paraphrases from the biography Life with Picasso by Françoise Gilot and Carlton Lake.