Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967) was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. While he was most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching.

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The only real influence I've ever had was myself.

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.

Well, I have a very simple method of painting.

Well I've always been interested in approaching a big city in a train and I can't exactly describe the sensations but they're entirely human and perhaps have nothing to do with aesthetics.

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.

What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.

If I had the energy I would have done it all over the county.

I use a retouching varnish which is made in France Libert and that's all the varnish I use.

If the picture needs varnishing later I allow a restorer to do that if there's any restoring necessary.

I trust Winsor and Newton and I paint directly upon it.

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.

No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.

The question of the value of nationality in art is perhaps unsolvable.

My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impression of nature.

If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.

In its most limited sense modern art would seem to concern itself only with the technical innovations of the period.

I have tried to present my sensations in what is the most congenial and impressive form possible to me.

I think that zinc white has a property of scaling and cracking.

In general it can be said that a nation's art is greatest when it most reflects the character of its people.

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.

After all we are not French and never can be and any attempt to be so is to deny our inheritance and to try to impose upon ourselves a character that can be nothing but a veneer upon the surface.

I find linseed oil and white lead the most satisfactory mediums.

More of me comes out when I improvise.

Painting will have to deal more fully and less obliquely with life and nature's phenomena before it can again become great.

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.

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.

I believe that the great painters with their intellect as master have attempted to force this unwilling medium of paint and canvas into a record of their emotions.

Maybe I am not very human - what I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.

There is a sort of elation about sunlight on the upper part of a house.