Popular blogger William Newton, at his “Blog of the Courtier“, offers a concise and very perceptive review of the CSF president Carl B. Schmitt, Jr.’s presentation on his father’s art this past Monday evening in Washington, DC.
“. . . I was particularly drawn to the very personal images of his wife, his children, and himself, as well as to the often deceptively simple still lives of bottles combined with objects such as eggs, garlic bulbs, and oranges. . . “
Glass Platter, oil on canvas, 25 x 30¼ in.
” . . . A self-confident artist who appreciates the need to treat his subject with strength and respect is someone whose work is always going to appeal to the viewer. This type of work can be appreciated on many levels, whether for its beauty, or in the demonstration of technical skill on the part of its creator. . . “
Self-portrait, oil on board, c. 1965, 18 x 15 in.
Read the rest here.
“The very poorest thing made directly by human persons is infinitely superior to the very best thing made by a machine. If we do not comprehend and approve that instantaneously and with our whole heart, we are barbarians. That does not mean that there is not a place, and a very proper place, for the machine-made thing, any more than it means that there is no place for the barbarian.” —from the essay “Room (with Bath) at the Inn” (October 5, 1941)
Hut built by Carl Schmitt on his property in Silvermine where he stayed during the summers before his marriage; pastel on paper, c. 1918.
The Carl Schmitt Foundation is now offering the coffee-table book Carl Schmitt: The Vision of Beauty at a special price—25% off—through December 31, 2013. Click here to order or here for a preview on GoogleBooks. The book makes a wonderful gift for Christmas!
Published jointly by Scepter Publishers and the CSF, this handsome hardcover volume features over forty stunning full-page reproductions of Schmitt’s finest works along with pithy excerpts from his writings. It offers not only a look at Carl Schmitt’s art, but also a glimpse into his thinking on beauty, religion, the arts, and the person. Together with a brief biography and survey of the artist’s thought, the book is a compelling, contemplative introduction to an undiscovered American master.
The title “the vision of beauty” refers to a central feature of Schmitt’s aesthetic: he stressed that “the artist is concerned not with sight but with vision.” Nonetheless, he understood vision to be a kind of sight, the “central ‘sight’ of the pure, or contemplative, imagination.” Just as the sense power of sight captures an object’s physical characteristics, so the imaginative power of “vision” captures its timeless significance. Thus the gentle roundness of an egg, the translucence of glass, or the pensive gaze of a young girl, through the artist’s vision, take on permanent significance that transcends particular appearances. Vision reveals material things for what they are: bearers of transcendent meaning.
As one friend of the Foundation wrote from California upon receiving her copy of the book, “We need artists who help train the mind’s eye to discover all the beauty in this world and beyond.”
“This concise, elegant, thoughtful and thought-provoking book is itself a ‘vision of beauty.’” —Charles Scribner III
This special offer is available only through the CSF. Click here to order or here to preview the book. Order now in time for Christmas!
CSF president Carl B. Schmitt, Jr. will be speaking this Monday evening about his father’s art, life, and thought at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, DC. Copies of the book Carl Schmitt: The Vision of Beauty will be available for sale. If you are in the DC area, this is an event not to be missed!
The event will take place on Monday, December 2, at 6 pm, at the Catholic Information Center, 1501 K Street NW, Washington, DC, just off McPherson Square. For more information, visit the CIC website, or sign up at the event Facebook page here.
A Google preview of the book Carl Schmitt: The Vision of Beauty can be found here, and you may purchase the book online here.
As Fr. George Rutler has noted, “Carl Schmitt was a master. His art has inspired me, as it must anyone who reads this book.”
My philosophy may be summed up thus:
First, to receive from God gratefully everything possible that I can get.
Second, to give back to God through my neighbor everything which I can give.
To give gifts to my neighbor I must use art, because a gift must be made—
hence I must be an artist.
Print for a magazine article on Thanksgiving, 1930s.