Wisdom on Wednesdays—Nothing to lose in the world

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Gertrude, October 1919, pastel on paper, 20 x 17 in.

“The minute a man has something to lose in the world is he enslaved.
“Or to put it better, when one decides he has nothing to lose he can be true and charitable.”  (1962)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—Beauty instead of money

“I have always been bewildered and frightened before the world.  I could never understand that nothing was wanted of me by the world but money—or why it was that I must ask nothing of the world but money.  I soon found, however, that if I did not submit I would be crushed.  I tried beauty instead of money and I was threatened with starvation.  I tried raising a decent-sized family, and I was starved.  I have temporarily escaped with nothing left but many of my paintings, my family and pride – the latter vice created in me, as it were, by those who would starve me.”  (written shortly after Schmitt’s return to America from Europe in late 1939)

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Self-Portrait, oil on hardboard, 12 x 10 in.