Wisdom on Wednesdays— “Hilaire Belloc said to me . . .”

Hilaire Belloc said to me:  ‘There is no such thing as commercial art.  There is art and there is commerce.  When I try to make a work of art I am completely at the mercy of Divine Providence.  Whoever feeds and shelters me, to them I dedicate my book.  It is thus as it has always been.  No work of fine art has ever been done except though the medium of the patron.'”  (1950)


Carrying the Cross, etching, 1922, 7 x 13 in.
One of two etchings given to Belloc by Schmitt in August, 1923