Unique gifts for Christmas from the CSF

This year the CSF is offering a number of unique gifts for Christmas: Carl Schmitt greeting cards, two books on Carl Schmitt’s art and thought, The Conscience of Beauty and The Vision of Beauty (at a special price), and high-quality prints of selected paintings.

Carl Schmitt cards make a wonderful present for anyone on your list. They also make great thank-you cards.CSF21101_card

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The new book of Carl Schmitt’s essays, The Conscience of Beauty, is now available through Amazon.com. If you have enjoyed our weekly Wisdom on Wednesdays, you’ll find this new collection a richly rewarding experience.

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In these short essays Schmitt has gathered and distilled the fruits of his contemplation over a long lifetime, revealing a man whose words on paper are as remarkable as his work on canvas. The artist offers a fresh perspective on such topics as art, culture, personality, mythology, and history, all informed by the far-reaching perspective introduced in The Vision of Beauty. Along the way he touches on more immediate concerns of the media, respectability, large families, and fatherhood with his unerring sense of irony and wry humor.

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You can see a preview of the book (including a complete table of contents) here.

The CSF is offering its stunning coffee-table book Carl Schmitt: Vision of Beauty at 25% off the regular price. Shipping and handling are free for this special offer. Each book that you purchase benefits the Carl Schmitt Foundation. See a preview of selected pages here.

Order your copies now in time for Christmas!

Click Here to Purchase The Vision of Beauty

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In addition, the CSF is pleased to offer museum-quality reproductions of works by Carl Schmitt in partnership with RequestAPrint, a leading producer of art prints to museums across the country.

RequestAPrint uses state-of-the-art ultra-giclee printers on semi-gloss heavyweight paper or medium weight fine art canvas. The prints are available in any size and in variety of frame styles. Here is just a sample of the paintings offered:

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Click here to go to the RequestAPrint gallery and order your prints. Your purchase will benefit the Carl Schmitt Foundation.

Finally, don’t forget your own Christmas cards if you haven’t ordered them yet! (They make great thank-you cards, too.)

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New book, Silvermine, now available at 50% off

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A new pictorial history of Silvermine, the place Carl Schmitt called home for 70 years, is now available for pre-order at 50% off. As part of their “Cyber Monday” sale, Arcadia Publishing is offering the discount today and tomorrow only (now through Wednesday, November 30, 2016).

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Through dozens of historic photographs the book tells the story of the picturesque valley from the time it buzzed with sawmills through the coming of the artists who transformed it into the artistic hub we know and love today.

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There’s something about Silvermine. When the Schmitt boys found arrowheads while playing along the rock ridges and the river, their father Carl would say, “Of course, the Indians know all the good places.” This view down Borglum Road toward the Silvermine River bridge with Carl Schmitt’s house on the right looks much the same today as it did when this photograph was taken almost a century ago.

The book highlights the families of the artists and the life they made together, especially Carl and Gertrude Schmitt and their extended family—her father Austin Lord and Carl’s brother Robert, who, along with Solon Borglum, were instrumental in the formation of the Silvermine Group of Artists in 1908. The group later became the Silvermine Guild of Artists, which endures to this day.

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Some of you may recognize this large boulder in front of the old Borglum place on Borglum Road, site of many birthday parties and other get-togethers in Silvermine over the years. Through fascinating images such as this, the new book captures Silvermine’s rich social, artistic, and cultural life during the heyday of the artists’ colony in the first half of the last century.

The stories of the Silvermine Tavern (where Spencer Tracy was a frequent guest and Lauren Bacall spent her ‘babymoon’ in 1949), the Buttery Mill (the oldest mill in the US when it closed in the 1950s), and the great flood of 1955 round out the narrative.silvermine-interior-page-spread-118-119

Part of the well-known “Images of America” series from Arcadia Publishing, many of the photographs come from the archives of the Carl Schmitt Foundation as well as historical societies and individuals in the area.

This offer is good today and tomorrow only (Tuesday and Wednesday, November 29 and 30, 2016).  You won’t see a better price.

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New book The Conscience of Beauty now available on Amazon

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The new book of Carl Schmitt’s essays, The Conscience of Beauty, is now available through Amazon.com. If you have enjoyed our weekly Wisdom on Wednesdays, you’ll find this new collection a richly rewarding experience.

In these short essays Schmitt has gathered and distilled the fruits of his contemplation over a long lifetime, revealing a man whose words on paper are as remarkable as his work on canvas.  Schmitt offers a fresh perspective on such topics as art, culture, personality, mythology, and history, all informed by the far-reaching perspective introduced in The Vision of Beauty.  Along the way he touches on more immediate concerns of the media, respectability, large families, and fatherhood with his unerring sense of irony and wry humor.

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Preparing this book for publication has given me the opportunity to delve deeply into Schmitt’s mind and heart, and many of his thoughts have really stayed with me:

“This I conceive as the tragedy of our present culture: that media are no longer in the middle but are the very, only, stuff of ourselves, and the ends can take care of themselves!”

“I must understand a crazy man
I must love a crazy man.
My curiosity must be stronger than my fright.
And my Christianity must be stronger than my curiosity.”

“When men gather together for any other end but God, the seeds of decay are present.  Societies as well as Families and Persons must once more depend upon prayer.”

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You can see a preview of the book (including a complete table of contents) here.

New book Carl Schmitt: The Conscience of Beauty now for sale!

Until now, you have read short “tweets” of Carl Schmitt’s thoughts on this blog.  Now, the CSF is pleased to announce the publication of the unfiltered Carl Schmitt in a new collection of his writings, The Conscience of Beauty.

The Conscience of Beauty  collects over seventy of Schmitt’s essays,  most appearing now for the first time.  With a foreword by the artist’s son Jacob, and edited and introduced by CSF director Samuel Schmitt, this 222-page volume can be binge-read in an evening, or taken up from time to time as a leisurely formation in the conscience of beauty.

cob-sample-pages-2Schmitt wryly observes in the first essay that when the artist puts down his brushes to speak, “his muse is displeased at the digression” and “he is perilously close to talking rubbish.”  But this collection reveals a man whose words on paper are at least as remarkable as his work on canvas.

The man who can both paint and write without displeasing his muse is rarely found, but to live and paint and write is given only to the few.cob-sample-pages-1In these short essays Schmitt has gathered and distilled the fruits of his contemplation over a long lifetime. Alongside practical advice on getting through the dull times of life and helpful observations on the good of squabbling siblings stand sharp fragments on the uttermost reaches of the four last things and piercing, prophetic critiques of our times. As his grandson and namesake Carl F. Schmitt recalls, he understood reality in a way that “lay between, and always accounted for, both the particular and the general, the small and the large, the individual and the collective, the material and the spiritual, the natural and the divine. The scale of his approach was relentlessly human, participating in both the mundane and the glorious.”

Click on the image below to order your copy.  You can see a preview here.

The book makes a wonderful gift for Christmas!

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—Vox populi, vox Dei

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Untitled, oil on canvas, c. 1923.
The figures in the painting are modeled after the artist’s wife Gertrude and son Robert. The maple trees are at the Lordale estate, home of Gertrude’s parents in Silvermine.

“That the ‘voice of the people is the voice of God’ I believe to be true. The belief is fallacious only when ‘the people’ are thought of as only those who are living.  The living, comparatively a small minority, are generally heard too much for the good of society.”  (1928)