“Hope can only be wanted when we despair sufficiently. Today we do not yet despair sufficiently – it is a half-way affair, clinging to an old faith like a fairy-tale. Only when we are honest enough to acknowledge our very patent loss of faith, can we recover it again through Hope and Love.” (1939)
“Christianity in the first 500 years of its existence was known as ‘The Love’ in much the same way as it is known in our day as ‘The Faith.’ It died as love and resurrected as faith as it is dying today as faith and is resurrected as a hope.” (1941)
“There is no hope for mankind.
But there is every hope for an individual man.” (1930)
“No man can hope and be frightened at the same time.
Hope awaits the resolution of discord
In the midst of the courage to face those discords.” (1935)
A guest post by CSF Creative Director Andrew de Sa
Thirty years after his passing, Carl Schmitt is reaching a new generation of artists. This Spring, I’ve had the joy of welcoming local school groups to Schmitt’s historic home and studio in Silvermine, Connecticut. These visits are less of a tour through a museum than an invitation into a home and a glimpse into a life. While enjoying a drawing lesson in the studio, students learn about the artistic practices and innovations of the artist. Over a cup of tea, students experience a taste of Schmitt’s family life while sitting around a well-used kitchen table.
What is the aim of these school trips? To introduce students to a radically different way of life. To impart to children the story and example of Carl Schmitt, an artist who lived not for comfort or material success but for Beauty: Beauty in paintings and family life but also in hardship and suffering.
These school visits are only made possibly by your generosity; we hope to have many more. Thank you for your support!