Wisdom on Wednesdays—The triumph of comfort

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A Christening Party at Chartres, oil on canvas, 1928, 45 x 54 in.
Inspired by Schmitt’s stay in Chartres 1926-27, this painting was first exhibited at the twenty-seventh Carnegie International exhibition, October—December 1928.  A reviewer called it a “golden gaiety,” “one of those pictures which make you long to be in the place depicted.”

“The breakdown here in America is not due to a negative evil like sin, but to avoidance alike of all negative and positive things like the virtues and vices in the hope that, by postponing both heaven and hell long enough, a Utopia of science may be discovered.  It is thought that if the good can be held off long enough, comfort will triumph.”
—from the essay “Room (with Bath) at the Inn” (October 5, 1941)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The lyric mood must be kept at all costs

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Untitled, 15 x 18 in.
An early painting executed with a palette knife.

“The lyric mood must be kept at all costs and preserved from the terrible enmity of active life. The spirit of the times and of our country is dead against that leisure without which true Religion and true art cannot flourish.”  (December 1924)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The Fountain of Youth

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Nursing the Baby, pen and ink on paper

“The great weakness of us Americans as a people consists in the fact that we cannot quite accept maturity, old age, death, or, for that matter, birth, babyhood.  They are not in our imaginative picture of life.  We try to live apart from birth, old age, death.  We die from ‘perpetual youth.’”  (1939)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—“that leisure without which true Religion and true art can not flourish”

“The lyric mood must be kept at all costs and preserved from the terrible enmity of active life.  The spirit of the times and of our country is dead against that leisure without which true Religion and true art can not flourish.”  (December 15, 1924)

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Still Life, pastel on paper, 15 x 18 in.
Inscribed by the artist, lower left: “For Margaret and Bill, Christmas, 1960.”  Margaret and Bill Ryan were close friends of the Schmitts in Silvermine.

Wisdom on Wednesdays—Nothing to lose in the world

“The minute a man has something to lose in the world is he enslaved.
“Or to put it better, when one decides he has nothing to lose he can be true and charitable.
“St. Joseph failed quite miserably to live up to even the lowest standards of conduct prescribed for an American Christian family head.”  (1962)

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The Holy Family in Joseph’s Workshop, oil on canvas, 20 x 24 in.
The Carl Schmitt Foundation; gift of the estate of William J. Ryan.