Gérard Schneider

(1896-1986)

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Works

10 – 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”.

12 – 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.

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

16 – Untitled, 1948
48,5 x 63 cm / 19 1/16 x 24 13/16 in.
Charcoal on paper
Signed and dated lower right: “Schneider – 48”.
Referenced on the back.

17 – Untitled, 1948
48 x 60,8 cm / 18 7/8 x 23 15/16 in.
Pencil and pastel on paper
Signed and dated lower right: “Schneider 48”.
Referenced on the back.

19 – Untitled (double sided artwork), 1948
48 x 62,6 cm / 18 7/8 x 24 5/8 in.
Charcoal and pastel on paper
Signed and dated lower right: “Schneider – 48”.
Referenced on the back.

22 – Untitled, 1948
48,5 x 63 cm / 19 1/16 x 24 13/16 in.
Charcoal and pastel on paper
Signed and dated lower right: “Schneider 48”.
Referenced, signed and located on the back.

25 – Untitled, c. 1948
31,5 x 24 cm / 12 3/8 x 9 7/16 in.
Charcoal and pastel on paper
Signed lower right: “Schneider”. Referenced on the back.

28 – Untitled, 1949
47,2 x 62,9 cm / 18 9/16 x 24 3/4 in.
Charcoal and pastel on paper
Signed and dated lower right: “Schneider – 49 – 9”.
Referenced on the back.

27 – Untitled, 1949
47,3 x 63,3 cm / 18 5/8 x 24 15/16 in.
India ink, oil and pastel on paper
Signed and dated lower right: “Schneider / -49“.
Stamp of the Otto Stangl Gallery and referenced on the back.

31 – Untitled, 1949
31,5 x 23,7 cm / 12 3/8 x 9 5/16 in.
Gouache on paper
Signed and dated lower right: “Schneider / -49”.

26 – Untitled, 1949
24 x 31 cm / 9 7/16 x 12 3/16 in.
India ink and pastel on paper
Signed and dated lower right: “Schneider / –49”.
Referenced on the back.

46 – Untitled, 1950
19,5 x 18,8 cm / 7 11/16 x 7 3/8 in.
Gouache and India ink on paper
Signed and dated lower left: “Schneider / -50”.
Referenced on the back.

42 – Untitled, 1950
37,5 x 52,5 cm / 14 3/4 x 20 11/16 in.
India ink and pastel on paper
Signed and dated lower left: “Schneider / – 50”.

48 – Untitled, 1951
47,5 x 62,9 cm / 18 11/16 x 24 3/4 in.
Gouache, India ink and pastel on paper
Signed and dated lower left: “Schneider – 51”.
Referenced on the back.

60 – Untitled, 1951
45 x 62,7 cm / 17 3/4 x 24 11/16 in.
Gouache and India ink on paper
Signed and dated lower left: “Schneider / -51”.
Referenced on the back.

59 – Untitled, 1951
48 x 63 cm / 18 7/8 x 24 13/16 in.
Gouache, India ink and pastel on paper
Signed and dated lower left: “Schneider / -51”.
Referenced on the back.

61 – Untitled, 1951
48,1 x 62,3 cm / 18 15/16 x 24 1/2 in.
Gouache and India ink on paper
Signed and dated lower right: “Schneider / 51”.
Referenced on the back.

68 – Untitled, 1952
45,7 x 64 cm / 18 x 25 3/16 in.
Gouache, India ink and pastel on paper
Signed lower right: “Schneider II / 52”.
Referenced on the back.

67 – Untitled (double sided artwork), 1952
37,5 x 52,5 cm / 14 3/4 x 20 11/16 in.
Gouache, India ink and pastel on paper
Signed and dated lower right: “Schneider 52”.

70 – Untitled, 1952
47,4 x 63,2 cm / 18 11/16 x 24 7/8 in.
India ink and pastel on paper
Signed and dated lower left: “Schneider / I-52”.
Referenced on the back.

72 – Untitled, c. 1952
11 x 16 cm / 4 5/16 x 6 5/16 in.
Gouache, India ink and pastel on paper
Unsigned and undated. Referenced on the back.

66 – Untitled, 1952
47 x 62,5 cm / 18 1/2 x 24 5/8 in.
Gouache, India ink and pastel on paper
Signed and dated lower left: “Schneider 52”

73 – Untitled, 1954
49,7 x 64,7 cm / 19 9/16 x 25 1/2 in.
Gouache and India ink on paper
Signed and dated lower right: “Schneider / – 5-54 -”.
Referenced on the back.

81 – Untitled, c. 1955
13,5 x 20,8 cm / 5 5/16 x 8 3/16 in.
India ink on paper
Unsigned and undated. Referenced on the back.

83 – Untitled, 1959
52,7 x 74,3 cm / 20 3/4 x 29 1/4 in.
India ink and pastel on paper
Signed and dated lower left: “Schneider / 9-59”.

Biography

“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

bibliography

Bibliography

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