Lady in a Garden, pastel on paper, c. 1922, 14¼ x 11¼ in.
A portrait of Schmitt’s wife Gertrude done outside his studio in Silvermine.
“Can our national virtues of Comfort, Wealth, and Success be reconciled with the Cardinal Virtues of Chastity, Poverty, and Humility? I am afraid that the answer must be honestly faced. And the answer is, No. The breakdown of civilization has probably been caused by the attempt to reconcile the two sets of ultimately contradictory, exclusive values.” (1943)
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)
“Money will feed you
But will not defend you.” (1936)
Old Houses, West St., 1916, dry-point etching
In this early work, Schmitt neglected to traced the name on the sign on the building on the left (“Otto Greenwald”) in reverse on the etching plate, so that it was printed in reverse when the etching was printed on paper. These buildings in the 400 block of West Street in New York City were demolished in 1929 for the construction of the West Side Highway.
Gertrude Peeling Apples, c. 1925, pastel on dark brown paper, 10⅞ x 8½ in.
“The fundamental destiny of man is never financial. Rather is money an impediment in most cases to the destiny of a man.” (1933)
Portrait of H. K. Wick, oil on canvas, 1917, 28 x 23 in.
Butler Institute of American Art; gift of Mrs. H.K. Wick, 1934.
Read the story of Carl Schmitt’s struggle to paint this portrait here.
“To be quite healthy the soul must be large enough to either (a) face the risk of poverty by concentrating on things more fitting to man’s nature and end, or (b) take the responsibility of making oodles of money and giving it away to the unworthy as fast as it is made.” (1942)