gerard schneider - portrait 1954

Gérard Schneider (1896-1986)


Published by Gallery Diane de Polignac
Supervised by Mrs Laurence Schneider and Mr Patrick-Gilles Persin
To include a work in the Catalogue raisonné

gerard schneider - opus 271 1945

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

gerard schneider -oeuvre

Untitled – 1947
Charcoal and chalk on paper
24,5 x 31,8 cm / 9.45 x 12.6 in.
Signed, situated and dated lower right
“Schneider / Gordes – 47”

gerard schneider - opus 47 b 1953

Opus 47 B – 1953
Oil on canvas
130 x 97 cm / 51.2 x 38.2 in.
Signed and dated lower left; dated and titled on the reverse

gerard schneider - opus 128 cz 1958

Opus 128 CZ1958
Oil on canvas
81 x 100 cm / 31.8 x 39.3 in.
Signed and dated lower right “Schneider 1958”
Titled on the frame

gerard schneider - opus 106 c 1958

Opus 106 C – 1958
Oil on canvas
38 x 55 cm / 15 x 21.7 in.
Signed and dated “Schneider 1958” lower right: dated and titled on the reverse

gerard schneider - opus 55 e 1960

Opus 55 E1960
Oil on canvas
81 x 100 cm / 31.8 x 39.3 in.
Signed and dated lower left “Schneider / 12-60”
Titled on the reverse

gerard schneider - sans titre 1963

Untitled – 1963
China ink on paper mounted on foam board
52 x 74,5 cm / 20.5 x 29.3 in.
Signed and dated “Schneider 63” lower right

gerard schneider - sans tire 1967

Gouache, ink and pastel on paper
105 x 75 cm / 41.3 x 29.5 in.
Signed and dated “– 67 Schneider” lower right

gerard schneider - peinture de 1970 ca

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

gerard schneider - sans titre 1985

Untitledc. 1985
Acrylic on canvas
145 x 105 cm / 57 x 41.3 in.
Signed lower right “Schneider”

“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.

The Galerie Diane de Polignac in Paris is preparing the Catalogue raisonné of the works on canvas of Gérard Schneider edited by Laurence Schneider, the artist’s daughter and Patrick Gilles Persin, an art historian.

gerard schneider - atelier portrait 1972
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

gerard schneider - opus 12 m 1977
Opus 12 M – 1977
Acrylic on canvas
35 x 45.6 in. – 89 x 116 cm
Private collection, France



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

gerard schneider - opus 87 b 1955
Opus 87 B – 1955
Oil on canvas
51.1 x 38.1 in. – 130 x 97 cm
Private collection, France


The Espace Musées at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (Terminal 2E – Hall M) will welcome the Centre Pompidou from February 5 to September 10, 2018. Entitled “Abstract Art of the 1950s” and designed by the National Museum of Modern and contemporary art, the exhibition highlights a selection of 20 major works from its collections.
With this exhibition, the Centre Pompidou invites the visitor to rediscover the whole of the abstract movement as it developed in Paris after 1945, through the masterpieces of major figures of the great currents of the Abstraction, such as Auguste Herbin, Nicolas de Staël, Serge Poliakoff, Gérard Schneider or Georges Mathieu, and with the works of Jean Arp, Jean-Michel Atlan, Olle Baertling, Roger Bissière, Alexander Calder, Jean Dewasne, Simon Hantaï, Richard-Paul Lohse, François Morellet, Aurélie Nemours and Judit Reigl.

Curator: Christian Briend, Centre Pompidou
Photos : Aéroports de Paris, Reserved rights