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—Outwitting Providence

“Our portion of health, wealth, and power is entirely in the hands of Providence.
Of course we can outwit Providence.
But we shall have to pay for it.”

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Guardian Angel, oil on canvas, c. 1929, 36 x 30 in.
(from a contemporary black and white photograph)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—God and your guardian angel

“Take care if you will: God and your Guardian Angel will do the rest.” (1935)

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Guardian Angel, 1929; a contemporary black and white photograph.
A critic reviewing a one-man show by Schmitt at the Park Avenue Galleries in New York in June, 1930, singled out this painting, describing it as “an exquisitely simple portrait of a young girl, given its angelic quality by an unearthly light which plays about here features.”