Carl Schmitt once wrote in one of his many notebooks:
The artist must have absolute faith in the truth of his imaginative vision.
Thus his goal as an artist was to paint his own aesthetic vision of creation. His guides were his own intuition and reason along with his deeply rooted Christian faith. Schmitt explained:
All art is born in lyricism, begins in color and must never lose its lyrical impulse no matter how far sustained.
Schmitt continued to search into the mysteries of painting and the arts throughout his career, maintaining his good humor and acute intellect through years of debilitating and crushing poverty.
In Ducks Schmitt reveals the influence of the Impressionists and the Pointillists by adopting their bright and pure colors. However, he chose not to paint with small dots but rather through small strokes and layers of color that built form and endowed substance and solidity to his figures and shapes. His adaption of different colors and the flattening of his canvas through the elimination of shadows resulted in a new lyricism. In our example the light falls equally and evenly across the surface of the canvas.
Acquired directly from the artist
Private Collection, Newtown, CT