|"Still Life with Apples" 21 3/4" X 25 1/4" Oil on Canvas|
RICHARD SCHMID 1960
A more-than fifty-year-old oil painting by master artist Richard Schmid is coming up for bid at Quinn's Auction Galleries early next month. It is remarkable to see the skill in the then twenty-six-year-old Schmid's art, and to see how much his work has changed over the course of his career, and how much it has stayed the same as he has remained true to himself and his ideals. Even in this early piece, much of Schmid's character and his dedication to his craft is revealed. As the artist has written, "If what you choose to paint comes from the heart, and you are skillful enough, it will resonate somehow within someone else. It is absurd to imagine that the magnitude of a work is somehow connected to the accepted importance of its subject (or the artist)... Let your subject come from within you and be a simple act of sharing . In a sense, every work you do is a self-portrait because your paintings always reveal more about you than about your subject. Your experience of something, not the something itself, is the true underlying subject of every work you do. Ultimately, that is how your work, or that of any other artist, will be judged."¹
¹ Richard Schmid, Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting, (Stove Prairie Press, Manchester Center, 1999), p. 191.