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Catherine Schuon was born on August 13, 1924 in Bern, Switzerland. As the daughter of a career Swiss diplomat she was exposed to many cultures, spending her early school years in pre-war Berlin and then in Algiers, where she learned French and came to love North-African culture. She returned to Switzerland during World War II, where she received her Maturité Fédérale degree in 1943 and helped to care for refugee children. Just as World War II ended she joined her father, who had been named Swiss Ambassador to Argentina. While in Argentina she learned Spanish and developed her gift for painting. Having no affinity with the diplomatic life, she returned to Switzerland where she worked with Italian artists.

Her interest in world religions and spirituality brought her into contact with Frithjof Schuon, the famous writer, whom she married in May 1949. She accompanied her husband on all of his travels and helped him to receive visits and answer correspondence from spiritual seekers who came to seek her husband’s counsel. Her work with her husband brought her into contact with people from diverse religions and from throughout the world. Gifted in languages, she also became fluent in English and conversant in Italian, in addition to the three languages of her youth: German, French and Spanish. Along with her husband, Catherine Schuon was adopted into the Sioux and Crow tribes.

The Schuons lived near Lake Geneva until 1980 when they moved to the United States and established themselves in the forests of Indiana. Since her husband’s death in 1998 she has spent several months each year traveling throughout the world to visit many of her late husband’s admirers, each time returning to the serenity of her home in the woods of Indiana.

Catherine Schuon is the editor of Art from the Sacred to the Profane: East and West, a collection of Frithjof Schuon’s selected writings on art, and the co-editor of the forthcoming A King James Christmas: Biblical Selections with Illustrations from Around the World, which also features many of her paintings as illustrations.

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Catherine Schuon Film Clips film clip holdings: 5

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Clip Title: Frithjof Schuon's thoughts on animals.
Summary: Catherine Schuon explains Frithjof Schuon's concept of a hierarchy of the animal world.
Total Running Time - 1 minutes 24 seconds
Low Res File Size - 4.3M
High Res File Size - 7.6M

 Film Clips with Catherine Schuon (5)
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Principles for Painting
Catherine Schuon explains the principles used by Frithjof Schuon to create his paintings.
Total Running Time -36 seconds
Low Res File Size - 1.8M
High Res File Size - 3.2M
Frithjof Schuon's Childhood
Catherine Schuon describes the early spiritual influences on Frithjof Schuon and his early formulation of the Transcendent Unity of Religion.
Total Running Time - 1 minute 33 seconds
Low Res File Size - 4.5M
High Res File Size - 7.9M
On the Traditional Arts
Catherine Schuon explains how the revelation of a religion also brings about its own arts and architecture.
Total Running Time -1 minutes 36 seconds
Low Res File Size - 4.9M
High Res File Size - 8.6M
Frithjof Schuon's travels to cities
Catherine Schuon describes the facets of traveling in large cities that interested Frithjof Schuon.
Total Running Time -2 minutes 15 seconds
Low Res File Size - 6.9M
High Res File Size - 12.1M
Frithjof Schuon's thoughts on animals.
Catherine Schuon explains Frithjof Schuon's concept of a hierarchy of the animal world.
Total Running Time - 1 minutes 24 seconds
Low Res File Size - 4.3M
High Res File Size - 7.6M

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