Who was Carl Schmitt?
Carl Schmitt (1889–1989) was an American painter who developed over his long career a unique aesthetic vision that assimilated traditional European approaches to art with the modern movements. Through this integration he arrived at a unique approach to painting which informed more than just his work. Schmitt was a man of principles and understanding whose works are as singular and profound as the man who created them.
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His paintings were widely appreciated. He showed in such important galleries as The Corcoran Gallery of Art in D.C., The Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh , the Brooklyn Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Società Delle Belle Arti in Florence and numerous other galleries and exhibition halls in New York City. His paintings now reside in many private collections
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Friends characterize Carl Schmitt as a man truly respectful of the individual person. Despite the poverty and troubles that sometimes seemed to overwhelm him, he treated people amiably and with humor. The intensely strong beliefs, great wit and profound ideas of Schmitt never closed him off from his contemporaries whose ideas many times differed greatly from his own. He was genuinely a man in pursuit of the truth of art and life.
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His struggles eventually produced a library of diverse writings filling some thirty-three notebooks and ranging in such topics from the fine arts, history, science, economics, and metaphysics, to the roles of family, society, and the human person. The titles of a few of the essays found in his notebooks illustrate the variety of this study: “Techniques of Painting,” “Schumann,” “The Bourgeoisie and Original Sin,” “Archaeology” and “Patriotism and Government.”
What is the Carl Schmitt Foundation?
The Carl Schmitt Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation, was established in 1996 to perpetuate the legacy of the American artist Carl Schmitt (1889-1989), and to make better known his achievement as an outstanding man, artist, and profound thinker on aesthetics. Using the example of Schmitt's life the Foundation seeks to educate the public and artists on the role of Beauty in everyday life and the artistic vocation through exhibits, articles, concerts, conferences and more.
The CSF aims to reinvigorate artists and the public by sharing the artwork, life and legacy of Carl Schmitt, and in doing so to spark a new dedication to Beauty through the Fine Arts.