2015 Matching Campaign a success thanks to your generosity

Thanks to many generous friends of the CSF, our 2015 Matching Campaign has been a success!  With your contributions and the generous support of a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous, we raised $9,469.20—or 95% of our $10,000 goal.

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Boy with Cello in its present condition covered with a protective gauze (left), and how we hope it will look after restoration (from an older photograph).

We plan to use a portion of the funds towards the restoration one of Schmitt’s most beloved works, Boy with Cello, a large portrait of his son Austin from the early 1930s.  The painting is is urgent need of restoration, as small chips of pain have begun to come off the surface.

We’ll keep you updated on the progress of the work, as well as other projects in the the planning stages, including matting and framing beautiful pastels now hidden away in portfolios in the CSF studio-gallery.

Thanks to all who contributed!

Last day to give to our 2015 matching campaign!

Just a reminder that today is the last day to give to our $5,000 matching campaign for 2015.  A heartfelt “thank you” to all who have given so generously so far.

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Carl Schmitt considered Boy with Cello (1931) one of his finest works. This beloved painting was recently returned to the Foundation’s gallery in Silvermine for an urgently-needed restoration.

Your gift will help us to update our website, restore paintings to their original beauty, and continue to “spread the word“—bringing the wisdom and beauty of Carl Schmitt’s legacy to more and more people.  As always, thank you for your support!

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$5,000 matching grant doubles your gift to the CSF

Humbly wishing to remain anonymous, a friend of the CSF has pledged to match all unrestricted donations to the Carl Schmitt Foundation up to $5,000 prior to June 30, 2015.  Give in the next month and you will double the gift of this generous friend!

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Transfixed at a recent exhibition of Carl Schmitt oils, could this be our “mystery” donor?  
Your gift will help us get such beautiful paintings ready for our next exhibit.

Our goals are lyric, our needs epic, but the fruits of your generosity can truly be dramaticWe have a few action items at the top of the list.

Our website is hopelessly stuck in the ’90s—please help us click and drag it into the current millennium!

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State-of-the-art when it was debuted back in the early 2000s, the CSF website hasn’t changed much in over 10 years. 

Hidden away in the archives, piles of pastels and sketches lie closed up in portfolios, awaiting framing.  Dulled by dust, vivid oils call for cleaning.  One of our most cherished paintings, Boy with Cello, now shrouded in gauze, awaits release. Your gift will ensure these works get the care they need to be exhibition-ready.

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Carl Schmitt considered Boy with Cello (1931) one of his finest works. This beloved painting was recently returned to the Foundation’s gallery in Silvermine for an urgently-needed restoration.

Long-term, research continues on the catalogue raisonné, and the definitive biography of Schmitt’s rich life and career.  And Carl Schmitt, Jr. is hard at work on a full-length treatment of his father’s aesthetic thought.

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Even if you are unable to give at this time, you can still support our mission for free!  “Like” our Facebook page, subscribe to our e-newsletter, and share our posts with your friends and relations.


Friday Madonna, 1930, oil on canvas, 42 x 35 in.
A wonderful re-imagining of the familiar Madonna and Child from the same period as Boy with Cello. Another major work deserving of a complete restoration.

If you enjoy this blog and have been enriched by the art and life of Carl Schmitt, now is the time to pitch in, as every dollar you give will be worth double to the CSF.

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In memoriam—John S. Schmitt, 1927-2012

Carl Schmitt’s seventh son, my father John Stuart Schmitt, died two years ago this past Friday, August 22.  This brief poem by Carl Schmitt captures in an uncanny way the character of a man who carried on his father’s legacy in an exceptionally fruitful, yet unassuming way.


We felt the stable universe was in his soul
Where body joined it.  Quietly the two were one.
We saw him when we saw soil-knit, the giant bole
Of some great tree; we heard him in the benison
Of bells in villages . . . and now he’s gone.
His eyes could look on visions for his heart was clean,
And in humility he knew the sins of man
Because he knew himself.  And sometimes in the sheen
Of rivers we could see ourselves, a caravan
Winding away to the sea.  And now he’s gone.

August 25, 1927


John, oil on canvas, c. 1945, 18 x 15 in.

A gift received and given

Carl  Schmitt, Self-Portrait, 1915

Carl Schmitt, Self-Portrait, 1915

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.  —Carl Schmitt, 1933

I would like to share with you how vitally important I think my grandfather’s life and work can be for anyone looking for beauty, meaning, and happiness in their lives.  Carl Schmitt’s work and thought–his vision of art, his dedication to beauty, his wisdom about life–are truly extraordinary.  I’m convinced that many people, perhaps without realizing it, are looking for such beauty and meaning, or, if they have already found it, they want to experience it more deeply.  And this is what the Carl Schmitt Foundation is all about: to spread Schmitt’s wonderful legacy that has the potential to enrich the lives of many, many people.

I grew up surrounded by my grandfather’s art.  My late father, Carl Schmitt’s seventh son John, acquired and borrowed numerous paintings and other works which held a fascination for me.  I remember in particular the still lifes with their timeless serenity and a wonderful large painting of the Nativity–Joseph gazing in wonder at the approaching star and the Christ Child radiant in Mary’s arms.

The incredible life and struggle that went into producing such beauty was rather vague in my young mind.  Naturally, my father spoke of his family and upbringing, but his father’s philosophy and views on life were passed on more by example and attitudes than by formal explanations.

Since coming to work for the Foundation full-time almost four-and-a-half years ago, I have formed a more comprehensive picture of what my grandfather was all about.  I’ve delved into his notebooks, read hundreds of letters to and from his wife, parents, friends, patrons and fellow artists, perused press reports and reviews of exhibitions, read interviews and profiles in various newspapers, and organized hundreds of photographs of family and friends.  This exploration of my grandfather’s life and thought has proven enlightening, exhilarating, sometimes perplexing, but always revealing and thought-provoking.

My own sense of my grandfather’s greatness has been confirmed by the dozens of emails and inquiries I’ve received from people all over the country and by the conversations I’ve had with many people about my grandfather at exhibits, talks, and other presentations sponsored by the Foundation.  I have yet to come across a person who has not found Carl Schmitt’s art, life and thought exciting, revelatory, stunning. People tell me the tour of the studio was “marvelous,” that he was a “fascinating” figure.  Those who have discovered his work via the website report being “totally bowled over;” the paintings are “inspired and very moving.”  All of these testimonies urge me on to work harder to make his art, life, and thought better known.

If my grandfather had a “secret,” it was that he saw life as a gift—a gift received from God to be given back to him through other people.  Within this dynamic, art played a vital role in his life, both as a gift received and returned.  Schmitt’s gift to us is the tremendous legacy we see in his art, his thought, and finally in the generous life he led, a life in which he strived to give fully what he himself had been given.

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Carl Schmitt, Nativity, c. 1926