Author: Frithjof Schuon Publisher: Abodes/World Wisdom Year: 1992 Pages: 285 Printed: Japan ISBN: 0-9629131-0-3 Binding: Hard Cover Book Condition: New Weight: 2500gr. Description from the publisher: Paintings by Frithjof Schuon – Edited by Michael Pollack with 125 full color reproductions
“What I seek to express…is the Sacred combined with Beauty, thus spiritual attitudes and virtues of soul. And the vibration that emanates from the paintings must lead inward.”
Man lives by Truth and Beauty; it is only relatively recently that Schuon–widely recognized for his metaphysical writings–has become known as a painter of great skill and unique insight. This volume presents for the first time 125 full color plates of Schuon’s work, plus many more in black and white. The subjects here are predominantly taken from the fascinating world of the American Indians. Also included, however, are many canvases concerning the mystery of celestial and human femininity. The main features of Schuon’s art are the nobility of the subject, the precision of the drawing and the “impressionistic” vibration of the surface or colors.Frithjof Schuon is not a painter who is interested in metaphysics; he is a metaphysician who from time to time produces a painting. This distinction is essential because his fundamental vocation is the perennial wisdom as it is expressed in his written works, whereas his art appears rather as an expression of the aesthetic, psychological or moral dimension of the Philosophia Perennis. In other words, Schuon is interested not only in metaphysical principles, but also–by way of consequence–in their cosmic and human radiation; which means, not that he intentionally puts this or that archetype or symbolism into a painting–which in fact he does not– but simply that his spiritual insight, or let us say his contemplative mind, manifests itself in his artistic productions.