Wisdom on Wednesdays—The mark of God’s love

Gertrude, August 24, 1950, pastel on paper, 16 x 20 in.
A portrait of the artist’s daughter on her 18th birthday.

“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)


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—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.”