Wisdom on Wednesdays—The human being is made to do the impossible

pastel on paper, 14 x 11 in.

“Do you know the only real argument against Christianity, the Fine Arts?
It is this: they are impossible.
Do you know the only answer to this?
It is: The human being is made to do the impossible.”  (1961)


Wisdom on Wednesdays—Keeping our heritage of the Fine Arts alive


Self-portrait, c. 1965, oil on hardboard, 18 x 15 in.

“While many of the boys I went to art school with have become famous, I have turned my back upon the popular styles in an honest attempt to do something toward keeping our heritage of the Fine Arts alive.”  (1959)

Listen to “The Catholic Vision of Carl Schmitt” on SoundCloud

If you missed my talk on Carl Schmitt last month in New York, the audio is now available below and at SoundCloud.  It’s part of “Art of the the Beautiful” lecture series hosted by the Catholic Artists Society.

The talk explores Schmitt’s vision connecting the Catholic tradition to the seven fine arts and to the life of the artist himself.  As a young man, Schmitt saw what he had to do to realize this vision: a struggle for what he called the mystical virtues of purity, poverty, and humility, corresponding to the lyric, epic, and dramatic stages of his artistic development.  The fruit of this journey was a clear vision of things seen in the masterworks of his maturity.

You can follow the close discussion of some of Schmitt finest works by downloading the images here.