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• Gemälde des American Indian World
• Skizzen des American Indian World
• Sketches der orientalischen Welt
• Kunst der islamischen Welt
• Gemälde des Ewig-Weiblichen
• Online-Archiv über Schuon's Artwork
• Deutsch Bücher mit Schuon's Artwork
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On the Paintings of Frithjof Schuon

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.

The subject of Schuon's art is on the one hand the Plains Indian world, and on the other hand the mystery of cosmic and human femininity; Goethe's "Eternal Feminine" (das Ewig-Weibliche) or the Hindu Shakti. The first subject has its roots in his affinity with the fascinating world of Red Indian heroism and mysticism; the second subject of his art--sacred femininity--has its roots in metaphysics and cosmology; one could also say, in a more relative sense, in Schuon's affinity with Hinduism.

It is essential to understand that Schuon as a painter is not interested in originality and innovation; he is fascinated by the subject matter alone, its origin being what he observed among the Indians or an inner vision of spiritual realities. As for style, Schuon applies the general rules of traditional pictorial art, the first principle being that a painting must take into account the flatness and immobility of the surface; it should not represent three-dimensional space nor a too accidental and hence fragmentary movement. Schuon has an affinity with Hindu art and Christian icons, and also, in a more secondary way, he accepts—at least partially—the techniques of a van Gogh, a Gauguin, a Hodler, or a Covarrubias. We should also mention that Schuon likes to repeat his subjects, which fact derives from his interest or fascination with them; it would be superficial and pedantic to reproach the painter for this kind of monotony, all the more so in that traditional art always has the tendency to repeat the same motifs, thus to unfold their potentialities.

In this collection are images of the White Buffalo Cow Woman who brought the Sacred Pipe to the Lakota Indians; we may add that the headdresses she wears in some of Schuon's paintings, or other details, have a symbolic import and do not mean that the heavenly person actually appeared in that way.

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When the question was broached of publishing a comprehensive collection of Schuon's paintings, he at first was rather reluctant because he was concerned that such a publication might detract from the image of his intellectual and spiritual identity; for, let us repeat, the main accent of his message is spiritual and not artistic. However, because Schuon's art also contains in its way a spiritual message—since his doctrinal message finds a spiritually transparent expression in his art—he granted permission. The result was the 1993 publication of Images of Primordial and Mystic Beauty).

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Let us repeat that the fundamental meaning of Schuon's message is the presence of the sacred in every beauty. As Schuon writes: "What I seek to express in my paintings--and indeed I cannot express anything other--is the Sacred combined with Beauty, thus, spiritual attitudes and virtues of soul. And the vibration that emanates from the paintings must lead inward." As Plato expressed it:

"Beauty is the splendor of Truth."

Adapted from Michael Pollack’s "Introduction" to Images of Primordial and Mystic Beauty


Gemälde des American Indian World 19 Objekte
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The Feathered Sun

Apparition of the Buffalo Calf Maiden

Skizzen des American Indian World 8 Objekte
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American Indian Sketch - 1

Portrait of Tecumseh

Sketches der orientalischen Welt 8 Objekte
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Sketch of Two Mandarins - 1

Sketch titled "Milarepa" (the Buddhist sage of Tibet)

Kunst der islamischen Welt 6 Objekte
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Sketch of a disciple of Shaykh al-‘Alawî

Laylat al-Qadr

Gemälde des Ewig-Weiblichen 8 Objekte
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Study of Virgin with Child - 1

Virgin with Child - center panel

Online-Archiv über Schuon's Artwork Holdings: 0 Articles    

Englisch Bücher mit Schuon's Artwork Holdings: 5 Books


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