Wisdom on Wednesdays—Among peasants and kings

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Nativity, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in.

“Peace may only be made when each Catholic withdraws from the class-struggle and finds what lodgings he can in the stable.  He must see the world from without, among peasants and kings.”  (May 22, 1932)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—“Take care of the concrete”

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Peace, oil on canvas, 1924, 35 x 42 in.
On seeing this painting at the 23rd Carnegie International Exhibition, a critic for the Pittsburgh Post wrote: “Carl Schmitt is a young painter, not yet 35 years old, who forsook the safe ways of style to pursue the idea that haunted him. He has a capacity for development that few painters possess. He is talented and serious in his determination to put onto canvas the ideas that possess him.”

“Take care of the concrete, the abstract will take care of itself.  Wealth, health, and peace are not attained by direct pursuit any more than any such abstractions can be attained directly.”  (1964)