Untitled – c. 1946

Gérard Schneider

Gallery Diane de Polignac

India ink and gouache on paper
30 x 23 cm / 11.8 x 9.0 in.
Signed “Schneider” lower left


The years 1945-1955 were those of a laboratory of shapes and colours during which Gérard Schneider formed his vocabulary and his style. A transitional period, this decade was crucial. Gérard Schneider’s experimental abstraction evolved towards the affirmation of his own artistic expression and his controlled, hieratic forms were replaced by a gestural writing that was free and spontaneous, nervous and elated that culminated during the second half of the 1950s: “dramatic abstraction” according to the words of Marcel Brion, which was typical of Schneider.