Wisdom on Wednesdays—The isolation of truth


Dalmatian Woman, gum Arabic print, 1928
One of five prints published in Scribners Magazine, February, 1929.

“Our period now drawing to a close has had a tragedy: the mistaking of truth—and its isolation from—goodness.  The isolation of truth is the suicide of the intellect.  Rationalism destroys itself.”  (1946)


Wisdom on Wednesdays—Surrounded by leisure


Girl Reading, oil on hardboard, 8 x 10 in.
Nicknamed “Whistler’s Niece,” suggestive of J. M. Whistler’s well-recognized portrait of his mother.

“The natural condition of Artistic Creation is servitude–but servitude, voluntary, supported by charity, surrounded by leisure!”  (1929)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The lyric mood must be kept at all costs


Untitled, 15 x 18 in.
An early painting executed with a palette knife.

“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 cannot flourish.”  (December 1924)