“Science is only concerned with the truth of present expediently.
“Art extends that truth back in time into permanent beauty materially.
“Religion projects that truth forward in time into eternal goodness spiritually.” (1961)
“Expediency is the science of the relative
Sanctity and beauty, the art of the absolute.” (1955)
The popular website Aleteia recently interviewed CSF president Samuel Schmitt on his grandfather’s art, life and enduring legacy.
Self-portrait, c. 1965, oil on hardboard, 18 x 15 in.
“It’s difficult to imagine anyone having a clearer idea of his calling in life than Carl Schmitt.”
The Catholic Artist Carl Schmitt’s Enduring Vision of Beauty
Muses Marooned, 1934, oil on canvas 35 x 41¾ in
is untrue because it aims exclusively at truth
(divorced from the good and the beautiful).” (1944)
Gertrude, pen and ink and crayon on brown paper, c. 1920
“A man may be said to be wise when he has grasped the essential absurdity of stoicism as a final mode of conduct; when, in other words, he can suffer and be happy alone (that is dependent on God, not man). When, in other words, he is never lonely. The man who is wise can die alone.” (1932)