Wisdom on Wednesdays—Money will not defend you

“Money will feed you
But will not defend you.”  (1936)

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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.

Wisdom on Wednesdays—Making oodles of money

Portrait of H. K. Wick [11410]

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)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—Beauty instead of money

“I have always been bewildered and frightened before the world.  I could never understand that nothing was wanted of me by the world but money—or why it was that I must ask nothing of the world but money.  I soon found, however, that if I did not submit I would be crushed.  I tried beauty instead of money and I was threatened with starvation.  I tried raising a decent-sized family, and I was starved.  I have temporarily escaped with nothing left but many of my paintings, my family and pride – the latter vice created in me, as it were, by those who would starve me.”  (written shortly after Schmitt’s return to America from Europe in late 1939)

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Self-Portrait, oil on hardboard, 12 x 10 in.