Wisdom on Wednesdays—When suffering is the chief evil

Second Night border

The Second Night, 1929, oil on canvas, 48 x 40 in.
From a contemporary black and white photograph; present location unknown.
For Carl Schmitt’s own “explanation” of this painting, see the article “The Artist Explains His Work,” from February 2015 issue of the CSF e-newsletter
Vision.

“When suffering is the chief evil we are living the life of appearances.”  (1932)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—The wise man is never lonely

Gertrude pen and ink sketch - CROPPED

Gertrude, pen and ink and crayon on brown paper, c. 1920

“A man may be said to be wise when he has grasped the essential absurdity of stoicism as a final mode of conduct; when, in other words, he can suffer and be happy alone (that is dependent on God, not man). When, in other words, he is never lonely. The man who is wise can die alone.”  (1932)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—Desire and the gift

Woman and Guardian Angel - 2-5-2014

Woman and Guardian Angel, oil on canvas on board, 1925, 30 x 25 in.
A gift to the Foundation from the grandniece of John Kenneth Byard, one of Carl Schmitt’s early patrons.

“We can only get a gift from God by drawing it to us through desire.  We cannot get it at any time, but only at that precise moment when our soul is consumed with desire for that particular gift.  Thus only is suffering to be understood.  The deeper the suffering, the emptier the soul, the higher the gift.”  (1939)