Wisdom on Wednesdays (Thursday edition)—It’s Personal

“Men when they gather together are not up to much good unless they gather together for prayer.  In fact there is no such thing as ‘mass prayer’ unless the mass become one in the Personality of Christ, under personal direction.”  (1942)

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Untitled (Sermon on the Plain), etching, c. 1920s

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Hidden away in the archives, piles of pastels and sketches lie closed up in portfolios, awaiting framing.  Dulled by dust, vivid oils call for cleaning.  One of our most cherished paintings, Boy with Cello, now shrouded in gauze, awaits release. Your gift will ensure these works get the care they need to be exhibition-ready.

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Carl Schmitt considered Boy with Cello (1931) one of his finest works. This beloved painting was recently returned to the Foundation’s gallery in Silvermine for an urgently-needed restoration.

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Friday Madonna, 1930, oil on canvas, 42 x 35 in.
A wonderful re-imagining of the familiar Madonna and Child from the same period as Boy with Cello. Another major work deserving of a complete restoration.

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—The only hope for sanity

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Gertrude (the artist’s daughter), c.1945, oil on hardboard, 18 × 15 in.

“In a breakdown, which is at the end of our millennium, the conscience of most people is collective.  How else could we have achieved war on such a grand scale?  I am sure the only hope for sanity—for a return to goodness and beauty—lies in the rapid advance of the personal idea.  Not, of course, in personal tyranny, which is worse if possible than social tyranny.  But unless the personal conscience challenges and checks the social conscience, we will go to the devil.  The Barbarian will have triumphed.”
—from the essay “Socialism”  (1943)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—A final court of justice

“Christians more or less vaguely, accordingly as they are in touch with tradition, instinctively feel that authority cannot be left absolutely in the hands of society.  For to Christians this would mean in effect that their consciences would be surrendered to society.  This would, to a Christian, be tyranny.  For to him an action is not morally right only because a majority approves.  There must be a final court of justice, namely, his own personal conscience.”
—from the essay “Socialism”  (1943)

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Peter, c. 1940, oil on canvas, 15 x 10 in.

Wisdom on Wednesdays—What goes on in our hearts

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Portrait of Margaret Ryan, September 1931, pastel on paper, 18 x 15 in.

“Viewed fundamentally, the advance of atheistic communism has little to do with the cold war or with Khrushchev.  It has mostly to do with what goes on in our hearts.

“As long as our principal or only reality consists in expediency we are doomed to slavery.  It does not matter how much we go to church or how many concerts we go to or how many pictures we buy; as long as we regard economic expediency as the most important thing in life, we will be buried.”  (1960)