Via Dave does the blog

The story is told of Picasso that a stranger in a railway carriage accosted him with the challenge, ?Why don?t you paint things as they really are.?

Picasso demurred, saying that he did not quite understand what the gentleman meant, and the stranger then produced from his wallet a photograph of his wife. ?I mean,? he said, ?like that. That?s how she is.?

Picasso coughed hesitantly and said, ?She is rather small, isn?t she. And somewhat flat??

? Angels Fear, by Gregory and Mary Catherine Bateson