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Edward Hopper

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

Great painters 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.

Portrait of Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper (1882 – 1967) was an American realist painter and printmaker. Painting American cityscapes with a disturbing truth, he presented the world around him as a chilling, alienating, and often vacuous place. Struggling for years as a freelance illustrator he eventually gaining widespread reputation as the artist who gave visual form to the loneliness and boredom of modern life.

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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.

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

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