Edward Hopper

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One of my favorite artists.

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 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.[62]

The Bootleggers - 1925
Edward Hopper – The Bootleggers (1925) Currier Art Museum, Manchester, NH

 

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Classy Insults from the Bard of Avon

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Today’s Google Doodle celebrates William Shakespeare who died 400 years ago on April 23, 1616.  I came across this entertaining article in the U. K. Telegraph. Insults with style.

“Thou sodden-witted lord! Thou hast no more brain than I have in mine elbows” – Troilus and Cressida – Act II, Scene i

Anthony Howe – Kinetic Sculpture

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“Kinetic sculpture resides at the intersection of artistic inspiration and mechanical complexity. The making of one of my pieces relies on creative expression, metal fabrication, and a slow design process in equal parts.
It aims to alter one’s experience of time and space when witnessed. It also needs to weather winds of 90 mph and still move in a one mile per hour breeze and do so for hundreds of years.”

Anthony Howe