Wisdom on Wednesdays—The old Christian idea of sin

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The Second Night, 1929, oil on canvas, 48 x 40 in.
From a contemporary black and white photograph; present location unknown.
For Carl Schmitt’s own “explanation” of this painting, see the article “The Artist Explains His Work,” from February 2015 issue of the CSF e-newsletter Vision.

“Today in America the old Christian idea of sin is fast disappearing.  There remains (and is encouraged) a vast sense of social guilt. The only sin is treason to society (the state).”  (1961)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—Prosperity as an ideal

Gertrude Holding Baby, March 29, 1926, charcoal on paper.

“Prosperity as an ideal (the philosophy of cunning) is sterile.  An institution, a society, or an individual based upon it is doomed, because it contains not in itself either the seed of birth or rebirth.  Its appeal lies in the fact that while it lasts it succeeds perfectly.”  (October 1929)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—Vox populi, vox Dei

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Untitled, oil on canvas, c. 1923.
The figures in the painting are modeled after the artist’s wife Gertrude and son Robert. The maple trees are at the Lordale estate, home of Gertrude’s parents in Silvermine.

“That the ‘voice of the people is the voice of God’ I believe to be true. The belief is fallacious only when ‘the people’ are thought of as only those who are living.  The living, comparatively a small minority, are generally heard too much for the good of society.”  (1928)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—Vox populi, vox Dei

CSF13206

Untitled, oil on canvas, c. 1923.
The figures in the painting are modeled after the artist’s wife Gertrude and son Robert. The maple trees are at the Lordale estate, home of Gertrude’s parents in Silvermine.

“That the ‘voice of the people is the voice of God’ I believe to be true.  The belief is fallacious only when ‘the people’ are thought of as only those who are living.  The living, comparatively a small minority, are generally heard too much for the good of society.”  (1928)