Quotes by Edward Hopper
- Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.
- I find in working always the disturbing intrusion of elements not a part of my most interested vision, and the inevitable obliteration and replacement of this vision by the work itself as it proceeds.
- I trust Winsor and Newton and I paint directly upon it.
- If the technical innovations of the Impressionists led merely to a more accurate representation of nature, it was perhaps of not much value in enlarging their powers of expression.
- In general it can be said that a nation's art is greatest when it most reflects the character of its people.
- In its most limited sense, modern, art would seem to concern itself only with the technical innovations of the period.
- It's to paint directly on the canvas without any funny business, as it were, and I use almost pure turpentine to start with, adding oil as I go along until the medium becomes pure oil. I use as little oil as I can possibly help, and that's my method.
- My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impression of nature.
- No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.
- Painting will have to deal more fully and less obliquely with life and nature's phenomena before it can again become great.
- The question of the value of nationality in art is perhaps unsolvable.
- The trend in some of the contemporary movements in art, but by no means all, seems to deny this ideal and to me appears to lead to a purely decorative conception of painting.
- There will be, I think, an attempt to grasp again the surprise and accidents of nature and a more intimate and sympathetic study of its moods, together with a renewed wonder and humility on the part of such as are still capable of these basic reactions.