‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” wrote Leonardo Da Vinci. He would paint over work that didn’t meet up with his expectations.

Simplicity is the reduction of complexity. It subtracts the gray space in the middle and renders it black and white.

Simplicity comes from revision

Simplicity retains the essence and deletes the rest. Take a look at the sequence of Picasso’s drawing of a bull. He pairs down the bull from full detail down to its fundamental shape.

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Once we remove the excess, we can retain what’s essential. But the final result appears intuitive because all the explaining was done in its reduction.

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3 thoughts on “‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’

  1. “Once we remove the excess, we can retain what’s essential. But the final result appears intuitive because all the explaining was done in its reduction.”

    I love this line and agree that we can learn to reduce our lives to the basics. Doing so helps reduce stress. The less complicated we make any situation, the better the outcome in my opinion.

    1. It takes a lot of work to make things simple but it’s totally worth it. It only seems so obvious after the fact.

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