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

Gérard Schneider

Opus 400 – 1949
Oil on canvas
130 x 97 cm / 51.1 x 38.1 in.
Signed and dated “Schneider 4-49” lower right; titled on the reverse

Gérard Schneider

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

Gérard Schneider

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

Gérard Schneider

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

Gérard Schneider

Opus 441 – 1950
Oil on canvas
81 x 65 cm / 31.9 x 25.6 in.

Gérard Schneider

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

Gérard Schneider

Opus 270 – 1946
Oil on canvas
130 x 89 cm / 51.1 x 35 in.

Gérard Schneider

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

Gérard Schneider

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”

“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.

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

Geneva, Fondation Gandur pour l’Art

Gérard Schneider
Opus 12 M – 1977
Acrylic on canvas
35 x 45.6 in. – 89 x 116 cm
Private collection, France
Gérard Schneider
Gérard Schneider in his studio,  c. 1965
Photo by André Villers – Reserved rights

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

Gérard Schneider
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