Guardian Angel, c. 1929, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in.
A contemporary black-and-white photograph.
“God ultimately forces men to make a choice: predestining them to free will!
“That coercion is death.
“Since man will only use his will in death it follows that special destiny grants a living death to the elect (to the saints).” (1932)
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.