"The painting is finished" Braque once said, "when the idea has disappeared."
"The idea in a painting" Braque said, "is like the launching cradle of a ship. It is like the scaffolding. After the ship is built, it floats; it has left the cradle useless and forgotten. The idea for a painting is similar. You use the idea to build, to guide, and, when your piece is strong enough, it goes off. It floats; it no longer needs the idea to uphold it."