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Hans Hofmann Quotes

A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist's world.

An idea can only be materialized with the help of a medium of expression, the inherent qualities of which must be surely sensed and understood in order to become the carrier of an idea.

Art cannot result from sophisticated, frivolous, or superficial effects.

Art is magic... But how is it magic? In its metaphysical development? Or does some final transformation culminate in a magic reality? In truth, the latter is impossible without the former. If creation is not magic, the outcome cannot be magic.

Art is to me the glorification of the human spirit, and as such it is the cultural documentation of the time in which it is produced.

Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative mind.

Color is a plastic means of creating intervals... color harmonics produced by special relationships, or tensions. We differentiate now between formal tensions and color tensions, just as we differentiate in music between counterpoint and harmony.

Colors must fit together as pieces in a puzzle or cogs in a wheel.

Creation is dominated by three absolutely different factors: First, nature, which works upon us by its laws; second, the artist, who creates a spiritual contact with nature and his materials; third, the medium of expression through which the artist translates his inner world.

Every art expression is rooted fundamentally in the personality and temperament of the artist.

In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light.

It is not the form that dictates the color, but the color that brings out the form.

It makes no difference whether a work is naturalistic or abstract; every visual expression follows the same fundamental laws.

My aim in painting is to create pulsating, luminous, and open surfaces that emanate a mystic light, in accordance with my deepest insight into the experience of life and nature.

Painters must speak through paint, not through words.

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.

The art of pictorial creation is so complicated - it is so astronomical in its possibilities of relation and combination that it would take an act of super-human concentration to explain the final realization.

The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color.

Through a painting we can see the whole world.

To worship the product and ignore its development leads to dilettantism and reaction.