Edward Hopper Essay

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Edward Hopper BORN: July 22nd, 1982. Nyack, New York. DIED: May 15th, 1967. New York City. Edward was a realist painting/printmaker. He was most known for his oil paintings but he was also quite good at being a water colourist, printmaker and an in etching. What he mainly did was painted paintings on what he thought of a modern American life. Edward didn’t talk about himself or his art much but he once summed up his artwork by saying ‘The whole answer is there on the canvas’ and he also explained what he thinks an artist is, he said this in a handwritten note, titled "Statement", submitted in 1953 to the journal, Reality: ‘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 skilful 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 human intellect for a private 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 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.’ Edward was a self confessed ‘slow painter’ he said once “It takes a long time for an idea to strike. Then I have to think about it for a long time. I don’t start painting until I have it all worked out in my mind. I’m all right when I get to the easel" ‘NightHawks’ (1942) is one of Edwards famous paintings that he has ever created. Description: ‘Nighthawks’, you can clearly tell that there are some customers sitting at an all-night

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