"Art cannot result from sophisticated, frivolous, or superficial effects."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Hans Hofmann on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Hans Hofmann on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Hans Hofmann on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Hans Hofmann on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Hans Hofmann on Oscar Wilde
"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak."
"Color is a plastic means of creating intervals... color harmonics produced by special relationships, or tensions. We differentiate now between formal tensions and color tensions, just as we differentiate in music between counterpoint and harmony."