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A Life Lived Beautifully...


Explore the role of Beauty in everyday life and the artistic vocation through the paintings, writings, life and legacy of American artist Carl Schmitt (1889-1989)


Carl Schmitt was an important twentieth-century American painter who not only deserves your attention but will reward it.
— Dana Gioia, poet, author, Pity the Beautiful, former chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
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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. 


Carl Schmitt: The Artist


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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

Carl Schmitt: The Man


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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.

Carl Schmitt: The Thinker


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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.”

The aim of art, its primary aim, is Beauty
— Carl Schmitt, The Aim of Painting, 1943

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in historic Silvermine, Connecticut outside of NYC.


What is the Carl Schmitt Foundation?

Goodness and beauty, contrary to modern thought, are not luxuries.

Black Bottles, Oil on Canvas, 1931


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.


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