Peter, oil on canvas, c. 1941, 24 x 20 in.
Wisdom and prophetic intuition
Abide with a man
A man can remember his origins
And a man can live in apprehension of his end
pastel on paper, 14 x 10 in.
“The only conservative worth his salt is one whose stand is outside all Capitalism: on Wisdom and Charity, on sculpture and painting as Fine Arts; in a word, on personal Religion and its symbols.” (1961)
Muses Marooned, 1934, oil on canvas 35 x 41¾ in
is untrue because it aims exclusively at truth
(divorced from the good and the beautiful).
“The scientific mind is far too simple. There are too many facts in too mysterious a relationship for his simple mind (logical analytical as it is) to grasp. In theory he is right; in practice he can never get all the facts
as long as he specializes exclusively in the nature of discursive reason. For knowledge (as distinct from wisdom and plastic form) of its very nature excludes all facts.” (1944)
Gertrude Peeling Apples, c. 1925, pastel on dark brown paper, 10⅞ x 8½ in.
“Knowledge is not an end, any more than perseverance. They are the media of wisdom. In like manner, love and labor are media for the end, counsel–or understanding in the heart.” (April 1932)
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)