Edward HopperNew York Movie, 1939oil on canvas
Edward Hopper has been one of my favorite artists for a long time. He is best known for his realistic depictions of urban and rural scenes. How many pieces of art can you name that depict places like diners and movie theaters? That's what Hopper painted best. I guess I like his art because he usually pinpoints a person or two, and I always want to get inside their head. There's always a little bit of a mystery in his work, which intrigues me. Hopper was just that kind of person, though. You could never get a lot out of him, and when asked about his work, he would say, "The whole answer is there on the canvas." He wants you to find out what his painting means to you. Once he paints it, it's no longer his. It's yours. In 1953, he did release this statement to an art journal:"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."I imagine Edward Hopper as this quiet, introverted man, who could only communicate his deepest thoughts on a canvas. That's probably why he was so successful.