Gérard Schneider


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Opus 271, 1945
Oil on canvas
130 x 97 cm / 51.1 x 38.1 in.
Signed lower right; titled on the reverse

Untitled (double sided artwork), 1946
47,4 x 31,5 cm / 18 11/16 x 12 3/8 in.
Charcoal and pastel on paper
Signed and dated lower right: “Schneider / 46”.

Untitled, c. 1947
33,5 x 24,2 cm / 13 3/16 x 9 1/2 in.
Charcoal and pastel on grey paper
Signed lower right: “Schneider”. Referenced on the back.

Untitled, c. 1947
33 x 25,5 cm / 13 x 10 1/16 in.
Charcoal and pastel on black paper
Unsigned and undated

Untitled, c. 1970
Acrylic on paper laid down on canvas
50 x 65 cm / 20 x 26 in.

Untitled, c. 1970
Acrylic on paper laid down on canvas
50 x 65 cm / 20 x 26 in.

Untitled, c. 1970
Acrylic on paper laid down on canvas
50 x 65 cm / 20 x 26 in.

Untitled, c. 1970
Acrylic on paper laid down on canvas
65 x 50 cm / 26 x 20 in.


“Lyrical Abstraction is above all incarnated in Schneider as Cubism is in Picasso.” Michel Ragon

A major pioneer of Lyrical Abstraction, a gestural and personal form of abstraction, along with Hans Hartung and Pierre Soulages, Gérard Schneider was shown in Paris at the Galerie Louis Carré as early as 1950.

From 1955 to 1960, Schneider’s work was exhibited at the famous Kootz Gallery in New York where an exclusivity contract connected the artist and the major American dealer Samuel Kootz.

From gesture, “the shape is born, whether lyrical or dramatic, with its colour and technical means, without any reference to external nature” according to Schneider.

Eugène Ionesco even spoke of “the original, eruptive, richness” of his work.

From nervous gesture and volcanic composition, full of tension, of the 1950s followed “the light years” from Michel Ragon’s expression, which were marked by the balance of forms reflecting each other and the explosion of colour.

Painting should be looked in the same way as music is listened to” as Schneider enjoyed saying.

Musical, his work is to be understood like “an orchestra” which expresses passion, fury, romanticism,“ according to Michel Ragon.

Gérard Schneider in his studio,  c. 1965
Photo by André Villers – Reserved rights

Major public collections

Major public collections

Brussels, Musée d’Art Moderne
Buffalo, NY, Albright Art Gallery
Kamakura (Japan), Museum of State
Milan, Museo d’Arte Moderna
Minneapolis, Walker Art Center
Montreal, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Neuchatel (Switzerland), Musée d’Art et d’Histoire
New York, Museum of Modern Art
Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Paris, Musée national d’Art Moderne – Centre Georges-Pompidou
Rome, Galleria d’Arte Moderna
Rio de Janeiro, Musée d’Art Moderne
Turin, Galleria civica d’Arte Moderna
Washington D.C., The Phillips Collection
Worchester, Mass, Worchester Museum
Zürich, Kunsthaus

Major private collection

Major private collection

Geneva, Fondation Gandur pour l’Art

Major exhibitions

Major exhibitions

Advancing French Art, travelling exhibition in the United States: Louisville, Bloomington, San Francisco, Chicago and Whashington, 1951-52
Sao Paulo Biennale, 1961
Retrospective, travelling exhibition: Kunstverein, Düsseldorf / Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 1962
International exhibition, traveling exhibition in Japan, 1965
Venice Biennale, Pavillon of France, 1966
Paintings in France 1900-1967, travelling exhibition in the United States: New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and in Canada, 1968
Retrospective, Galleria civica d’Arte moderna, Turin, 1970
Panorama de l’Art contemporain, traveling exhibition in Iran, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, 1971-72
Retrospective, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Neuchâtel, 1983
L’Envolée lyrique, Paris 1945-1956, Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, 2006
Gérard Schneider, grands gestes pour un grand monde, Musée d’Art & d’Histoire, Neuchâtel, 2011
Les Sujets de l’abstraction, Peinture non-figurative de la Seconde École de Paris (1946-1962), Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Musée Rath, Geneva, 2011
Gérard Schneider. Rétrospective, Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans, 2013



Schneider, Michel Ragon, Expressions Contemporaines, Angers, juin 1998
L’Envoléé lyrique, Paris 1945-1956, catalogue d’exposition sous la direction de Patrick-Gilles Persin, Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, Skira, mars 2006