Peter, pastel on paper, c. 1930
“The contemporary dichotomy: The individual vs. the person
“The individual: highest duty toward society
“The Person: highest responsibility to God.”
Gethsemane, pastel on paper
“In the language of God nothing is meaningless—not even pain and suffering.” (1962)
Descent of the Holy Spirit, pen and ink drawing, December 17, 1920
“When men gather together for any other end but God, the seeds of decay are present. Societies as well as Families and Persons must once more depend upon prayer.”
—from the essay “Images” (1943)
“My philosophy may be summed up thus:
“First, to receive from God gratefully everything possible that I can get.
“Second, to give back to God through my neighbor everything which I can give.
“To give gifts to my neighbor I must use art, because a gift must be made—
hence I must be an artist.
“The world of doing, the wage, is outside my world of beggars and gifts,
because I believe that God gives me my energy. I cannot earn it.
I can only be grateful as a beggar and share as a beggar would.”
Gum arabic print for a magazine article on Thanksgiving, 1930s.
“We wear out our God if we consider Him only as a Provider. He is a Master, a Hope, and a Lover first, and a Providence as matter of course.” (1933)
St. Paul the Hermit, oil on canvas, c. 1922, 30 x 25 in. (Private collection)
Schmitt’s depiction of St. Paul of Thebes (d. c. 341) being fed miraculously by a raven was probably inspired by a painting of the saint by the great seventeenth-century Spanish artist Velázquez. The enigmatic figure on the foreground is Schmitt’s own contribution.
A version of this painting in brighter colors is part of the Carl Schmitt Foundation’s collection.