Guardian Angel, c. 1929, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in.
A contemporary black-and-white photograph.
“God ultimately forces men to make a choice: predestining them to free will!
“That coercion is death.
“Since man will only use his will in death it follows that special destiny grants a living death to the elect (to the saints).” (1932)
“The only thing which distinguishes greatness from mediocrity is will. Mediocrity is half asleep, greatness is awake. The saint, the master chooses!” (1932)
St. Katharine, oil on canvas, 1922, 30 x 25 in.
“The greatest saints are unknown. History treats only of the soul of man in contact with the world. As a result man at his highest and lowest, is unknown to history.” (1932)
Gertrude in Roman Scarf, c. 1960, oil on canvas, 25¼ x 30¼ in.
“A saint is merely that person in this scheme of creation who is without a grievance.” (1925)
North Porch, Chartres, September 7, 1926, pen and ink on tracing paper, detail approx. 6 x 4¾ in
“The crux of all [Christian] civilization is literally the cross of Christ, which is symbolized by the characteristic form of the Gothic—in the diagonals which go to make up the roofs and towers, the buttresses and the very folds of the garments of the carved and painted saints and kings.” (1922)