Gérard Schneider in front of “Opus 65 B”, Atelier rue Armand-Moisant, Paris, c. 1954
Photography : Margo Friters-Drucker © Archives Gérard Schneider.
This exhibition focuses on a support : paper, and a period: from 1944 to 1959, or fifteen years of intense work by the painter Gérard Schneider, during which the artist goes from a laboratory of forms and colors to the confidence of a calligraphic gesture.
This selection of works allows us to approach Gérard Schneider’s creative process and to re-establish the importance of creation on paper in his body of work. With Gérard Schneider, paper is in no way a preliminary study for an artwork on canvas: paper is a complementary and parallel work, a space and a moment of great freedom, in which the unplanned gesture gains all its strength on a simple and raw support.
In Gérard Schneider’s body of work, creation on paper from the 1940s-1950s is a pivotal step in the affirmation of the calligraphic and spontaneous gesture as a key process of an unplanned creation, a fundamental milestone in Gérard Schneider’s Lyrical Abstraction.