Welcome to The Vision of Beauty, a blog dedicated to the art, life, and thought of the American artist Carl Schmitt.
By any measure, Carl Schmitt’s life, work, and thought were remarkable. Many have been impressed by his paintings or his profound reflections on art, others by his life as a devout husband and father of a large family under extraordinary circumstances. Beyond this, however, Schmitt stands out because of his complete dedication to portraying the beauty of created reality through his art, and inviting others to contemplate it with him.
My own sense of my grandfather’s greatness has been confirmed by the dozens of emails and inquiries I’ve received from all over the country and by the conversations I’ve had with many people about my grandfather at exhibits, talks, and other presentations sponsored by the Foundation. I have yet to come across a person who has not found Carl Schmitt’s art, life and thought exciting, revelatory, stunning.
If my grandfather had a “secret,” it was that he saw life as a gift—a gift received from God to be given back to him through other people. Within this dynamic, art played a vital role in his life, both as a gift received and returned. Schmitt’s gift to us is the tremendous legacy we see in his art, his thought, and finally in the generous life he led, a life in which he strived to give fully what he himself had been given.
The depth and scope of Schmitt’s legacy is not easily grasped, encompassing stunning paintings, pastels, and other works, penetrating insights on art and aesthetics, and a long life well lived. This blog will explore the tremendously rich body of work and thought of an artist who lived for “beauty first.”
Each week, Wisdom on Wednesdays offers a brief reflection by Carl Schmitt on art, life, the person, society, and many other topics. Mysticism on Mondays delves deeper into Schmitt’s reflections on the relationship between art, life, and religion. We also feature periodic updates on new and noteworthy developments at the Carl Schmitt Foundation.
If this is your first visit to the blog, let me suggest a few posts to get you acquainted with Carl Schmitt’s life and vision, as well the work of the Carl Schmitt Foundation.
- A gift received and given—a personal testimony
- Carl Schmitt’s vision
- The mystical virtues
- Art as play
—and there’s much more at our website, including a gallery of Schmitt’s works, a selection of his writings, and ways you can support our mission to enrich people’s lives through the spread of Schmitt’s wonderful legacy.
Thank you for your interest in Carl Schmitt and I hope you enjoy the blog.