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.