Wisdom on Wednesdays—Grateful as a beggar

“My philosophy may be summed up thus:
“First, to receive from God gratefully everything possible that I can get.
“Second, to give back to God through my neighbor everything which I can give.
“To give gifts to my neighbor I must use art, because a gift must be made—
hence I must be an artist.
“The world of doing, the wage, is outside my world of beggars and gifts,
because I believe that God gives me my energy.  I cannot earn it.
I can only be grateful as a beggar and share as a beggar would.”

Gum arabic print for a magazine article on Thanksgiving, 1930s.


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.

Christmas woodcuts - cards 1

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.

Wisdom on Wednesdays—Providence as a matter of course

“We wear out our God if we consider Him only as a Provider.  He is a Master, a Hope, and a Lover first, and a Providence as matter of course.”  (1933)

St. Paul the Hermit, oil on canvas, c. 1922, 30 x 25 in. (Private collection)
Schmitt’s depiction of St. Paul of Thebes (d. c. 341) being fed miraculously by a raven was probably inspired by a painting of the saint by the great seventeenth-century Spanish artist Velázquez.  The enigmatic figure on the foreground is Schmitt’s own contribution.
A version of this painting in brighter colors is part of the Carl Schmitt Foundation’s collection.

Wisdom on Wednesdays—Constancy


Gertrude, pastel on paper, c. 1918, 20 x 15 in.

“What is truth (and its symbol beauty) but objectivity?  Unless vision is objective there would be no sense in constancy.  Constancy is the ability to persevere in attachment to objective reality in spite of space temporalities: fugitive moods, rationalizations, and physical inconstancy.” (1934)