Wisdom on Wednesdays: “Every-day mysticism”

“The perfect attitude for the artist is the continual companionship of God and unceasing toil. To dream of Eden before the Fall: to work in the world by the sweat of his brow. . . .
“For the artist, mysticism must be renewed if this delicately balanced attitude is to be recaptured and art live once more.  Without this simultaneous ‘every-day mysticism’ practicality gets the ascendancy; cleverness and egotism advance and true art recedes.” (1922)

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St. Paul the Hermit (Purity and Poverty), oil on canvas,1922, 25 x 30 in.