Edward Hopper

American Landscape


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. No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination. One of the weaknesses of much abstract painting is the attempt to substitute the inventions of the intellect for a pristine imaginative conception. The inner life of a human being is a vast and varied realm and does not concern itself alone with stimulating arrangements of color, form, and design. The term “life” as used in art is something not to be held in contempt, for it implies all of existence, and the province of art is to react to it and not to shun it. Painting will have to deal more fully and less obliquely with life and nature’s phenomena before it can again become great.

American Landscape

Collection: The National Gallery of Art (Print Purchase Fund, Rosenwald Collection, and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund)
Dimensions: 313 x 185 mm
Text: Interview with Edward Hopper, conducted by John Morse, June 17 1959

Publié: Novembre 2016
Catégorie: Illustration