Carl Schmitt Christmas cards now for sale

Beautiful Christmas cards featuring paintings of Carl Schmitt are now for sale. Each 4¼” x 5½” card is printed on 130 lb. paper with a premium high-gloss finish.  Matching white vellum envelopes with a self-adhesive flap are included with your order.

Non-seasonal greeting cards are also available.

2014 Christmas card images

left to right: Blue Madonna, Dalmatian Mother, and Nativity.

Cards featuring woodcuts by Carl Schmitt are also for sale.  Each 4¼” x 5½” card is printed on 100 lb. card stock.  Matching 80 lb. cotton envelopes are included.

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left to right: Sitting Madonna and Child, Stylized Madonna and Child, and Kneeling Madonna.

And don’t forget—our handsome coffee-table book, Carl Schmitt: The Vision of Beauty, and museum-quality prints of selected works of Schmitt are also available and make wonderful gifts for Christmas.

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The Flowering of One’s Roots

A wonderful article by Bridget Skidd, a recent graduate of Thomas More College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on her search not only for a long-lost painting, but her place in the Catholic tradition.  While in England studying the Catholic Literary Revival,

Through word of mouth I had heard that a painting by my great grandfather, Carl Schmitt, was ‘somewhere in Oxford.’ With no idea of the subject of the painting except that it was religious, and unsure of which of the many houses and colleges might be the home, I set out on my search.

Read the rest here: The Flowering of One’s Roots.

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Resurrection, c. 1940.
This painting is very similar to one of the same name bought by Schmitt’s good friend John Cavanaugh in the 1940s and now owned by the C. Michael Schmitt family.

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The good and the great

“The struggle now, as always, is between the good and the great.  There are so many good people and so few are great.  And when they are great they are usually not very good.  Christ was not only good.  He was also great.” (1938)

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The Sower, 1937, Conte crayon on paper, 18 x 14 in.
Study for the oil painting of the same name.

Wisdom on Wednesdays—“that leisure without which true Religion and true art can not flourish”

“The lyric mood must be kept at all costs and preserved from the terrible enmity of active life.  The spirit of the times and of our country is dead against that leisure without which true Religion and true art can not flourish.”  (December 15, 1924)

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Still Life, pastel on paper, 15 x 18 in.
Inscribed by the artist, lower left: “For Margaret and Bill, Christmas, 1960.”  Margaret and Bill Ryan were close friends of the Schmitts in Silvermine.

Come to the Carl Schmitt Foundation’s 2014 Annual Meeting and Open House

This year’s meeting and open house will take place on Saturday, November 15, from 11:30 am to 3 pm at the studio-gallery in Silvermine, at 30 Borglum Road, Wilton, Connecticut (see directions below).

  • CSF acting president Samuel Schmitt will report on developments at the Foundation in the past year, including a new exhibition and some exciting future plans.
  • Copies of the book, Carl Schmitt: The Vision of Beauty will be available at 25% off.
  • New Christmas cards, featuring beautiful paintings by Carl Schmitt, will also be available for sale.  Your purchase of these cards as well as the book benefits the CSF.  Both are offered just in time for Christmas!
  • As always, there will be plenty of opportunity to catch up with family and friends at the luncheon following the meeting.

We’d be delighted to see you there!

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Glass Platter, oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in.
Part of the exhibit On Canvas, Paper & Board—Works by The Silvermine Group of Artists shown this past year at the New Canaan Historical Society, and on view at the CSF studio-gallery in Silvermine.

Directions to the CSF studio-gallery:
From the Merritt Parkway (Rt. 15) Northbound: Take exit 39B to Route 7 north. At the end of the expressway, turn LEFT onto Grist Mill Rd. At the stop sign, turn RIGHT on to Belden Hill Rd.  *At the first stop sign (3/4 mile) turn LEFT on to Seir Hill Rd. After 1/3 mile, take a RIGHT onto Old Boston Road and the second LEFT (after 1/3 mile) to stay on Old Boston Road.  After the single lane bridge, take a SHARP LEFT on to Borglum Rd. The CSF studios are the third driveway on your right.

From the Merritt Parkway (Rt. 15) Southbound: Take exit 40B to Main Avenue north (the exit is marked “To Route 7 North”). At the bottom of the ramp, turn right, and after 3/4 mile, turn LEFT on to Grist Mill Rd. Go through the lights, and at the stop sign, turn RIGHT on to Belden Hill Rd. and the follow the directions as given for the Merritt Parkway Northbound from this point.*

From I-95 (Connecticut Turnpike) north or south: Take exit 15 to Route 7 north for 3½  miles to the end of the expressway; turn LEFT at the light onto Grist Mill Rd. At the stop sign, turn RIGHT on to Belden Hill Rd. and follow the directions for the Merritt Parkway Northbound from this point.*

From Route 7: Take Route 106 West (Wolfpit Rd.); after 2 miles (immediately after the sign for the school bus stop) turn LEFT onto Old Boston Rd. At the next intersection bear a gentle right onto Borglum Road. The CSF studios (#30) are the third driveway on your right.

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Three Children with Toys, oil on canvas, c. 1926, 30 x 36 in.
“The lyric mood must be kept at all costs and preserved from the terrible enmity of active life,” Carl Schmitt wrote in his journal in December, 1924. “The spirit of the times and of our country is dead against that leisure without which true Religion and true art can not flourish.”