Words matter. These are the best Edward Hopper Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
More of me comes out when I improvise.
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 trust Winsor and Newton and I paint directly upon it.
There is a sort of elation about sunlight on the upper part of a house.
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.
In general it can be said that a nation’s art is greatest when it most reflects the character of its people.
The only real influence I’ve ever had was myself.
In its most limited sense, modern, art would seem to concern itself only with the technical innovations of the period.
I think that zinc white has a property of scaling and cracking.
Well, I have a very simple method of painting.
Maybe I am not very human – what I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.
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.
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.
I have tried to present my sensations in what is the most congenial and impressive form possible to me.
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.
I find linseed oil and white lead the most satisfactory mediums.
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 use a retouching varnish which is made in France, Libert, and that’s all the varnish I use.
If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.
No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.
If I had the energy, I would have done it all over the county.