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.
“To come as near despair as possible without losing hope—that is the aim of a Christian.
“To come as near madness as possible without losing sanity—(that is, to be as fanatical as possible without losing idiocy) is the aim of an artist.” (1932)
St. Isaac Jogues, oil on canvas.
“The Future holds interesting developments for Christians who are not afraid.” (1935)
“Neither such abstractions as Humanity alone nor Christianity exist: they must be made once more by something concrete: by Christians, by persons.” (1942)
pen and ink drawing, April 7, 1926
“Christ did not come so much to introduce ‘Christianity’ into the world as to introduce a Christian.” (1941)
Carrying the Cross, April 1926, watercolor on paper, 10¼ x 13¾ in.
“The Christian carries his cross with cheerfulness and charity. If he does not, he should put down his cross for the sake of charity.” (1963)