Quotations by Edward Hopper

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Born: Saturday, July 22, 1882
Died: Monday, May 15, 1967 (84 years old)
Profession: Artist
Nationality: American


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.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Character, Inheritance, Nothing)

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.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Art, Life, Vision, Artist, Expression, Result, Will, World)

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.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Emotions, Force, Intellect)

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.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Work, Vision)

I find linseed oil and white lead the most satisfactory mediums.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Oil)

I have tried to present my sensations in what is the most congenial and impressive form possible to me.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Present, Sensations)

I think that zinc white has a property of scaling and cracking.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Property)

I trust Winsor and Newton and I paint directly upon it.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Trust)

I use a retouching varnish which is made in France, Libert, and that's all the varnish I use.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: France)

If I had the energy, I would have done it all over the county.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Energy)

If the picture needs varnishing later, I allow a restorer to do that, if there's any restoring necessary.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Needs)

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.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Nature, Expression, Value)

If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Reason, Words)

In general it can be said that a nation's art is greatest when it most reflects the character of its people.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Art, People, Character, Nation)

In its most limited sense, modern, art would seem to concern itself only with the technical innovations of the period.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Art, Concern, Sense)

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.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Funny, Business, Help, Oil)

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

More of me comes out when I improvise.
- Edward Hopper

My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impression of nature.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Nature, Impression, Painting)

No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Imagination, Invention)

Painting will have to deal more fully and less obliquely with life and nature's phenomena before it can again become great.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Life, Nature, Painting, Will)

The only real influence I've ever had was myself.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Influence)

The question of the value of nationality in art is perhaps unsolvable.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Art, Nationality, Question, Value)

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.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Art, Painting)

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

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.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Nature, Accidents, Humility, Moods, Study, Will, Wonder)

Well, I have a very simple method of painting.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: 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.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Aesthetics, Nothing, Sensations)

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







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