Wisdom on Wednesdays—Surrounded by leisure

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Girl Reading, oil on hardboard, 8 x 10 in.
Nicknamed “Whistler’s Niece,” suggestive of J. M. Whistler’s well-recognized portrait of his mother.

“The natural condition of Artistic Creation is servitude–but servitude, voluntary, supported by charity, surrounded by leisure!”  (1929)

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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—“Who can feast without fasting?”

“To feast and fast is to be lonely. Society is always neo-Greek—’Moderate in all things.’ Since Christ, this last is the first step to smugness and hypocrisy. It is Aristocratic to feast—it is Peasant to fast. It is an Aristocratic right to take—it a Peasant right to give.  But who can take who will not give, and who can feast without fasting, who can enjoy kingship without servitude, and leisure without sacrifice?”  (1928)

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A Christening Party at Chartres, 1928, oil on canvas, 45 x 54 in.

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.