Gertrude, pastel on paper, c. 1918, 20 x 15 in.
“Man is only happy in cooperating with his individual destiny. All men are destined to perfect virtue.
Some men are destined to achieve virtue before death.
Some are destined to achieve it after death.
It is a special mark of providence to have the opportunity of complete humility before death. The longer before death it is—the greater the mark of God’s love.”
(October 19, 1929)
Peter, c. 1940, oil on canvas, 15 x 10 in.
“All nature seems to exist in order to prepare for birth;
The pangs of which are death.” (1956)
Shack where Schmitt stayed on his property in Silvermine before his marriage.
Pastel on paper, 14 x 11 in.
“Critics comfortably off and cosmopolite tell me that it is fatal for me to live alone in the woods and paint, that I must not separate myself from humanity, reality. . . . Humanity? Is there anything more human than ones own children? Reality? Is there anything more real than poverty with a family? (except death, which is also tasted each day)?” (1931)
Michael, c. 1942, oil on canvas, 23 x 19 in.
“The human, the balanced human, believes that the mystery of birth, death, and life is master of science: that science is a means. The Liberal believes that science is the master of all; the human knows that it is simply a matter of time till the substance of life absorbs the means. Temporarily the means has gotten out of hand.” (1958)
“To strive constantly to see beyond the things in which we are immediately interested requires great courage because it means the death but not destruction of those immediate interests. For all death has the germ of birth within it. To keep on is to redeem.” (August 21, 1931)