Gérard SchneiderSans Titre
Acrylic on paper
Signed and dated lower left
59.06 x 59.06 in ( 150 x 150 cm )
Inquiry - Sans Titre, 1984


Certificate from Laurence Schneider


Private Collection, France


Michel Ragon, Gérard Schneider, 1998


Galerie Triagano, Fiac Paris, 1983

Artwork's description

At the start of the 1980s, Gérard Schneider mainly produced works on paper. “The paper is a permanence in time which keeps available and in perpetual evolution, a set of forms, signs and colored confrontations.”.

Here, the artist creates a composition, where shapes and tones adapt to each other. These traces of colors, which are superimposed, attempt to capture the fleeting moment of the artistic gesture. Black structures the composition by interacting with the dominant green, the other colors are powerful and subtle. Schneider applies all these colors by superposition and transparency using the glazing technique.

Artist's biography

Gérard Schneider is a Swiss painter born in 1896 in Sainte-Croix and died in Paris in 1986. He is an artist who has done all his classics, first trying out the figurative world, still life and even surealism. From the Second World War, he moved towards a style that never left him: abstraction.

Powerful canvases, so-called action paintings where the artist creates in a very spontaneous way, with a gesture of a lively and fleeting brush. Gérard Schneider does not seek to represent something real but rather to bring out intense emotions in the production of his works. Indeed, we find in the abstract compositions, forms and movements specific to the artist, with the use of many colors that meet his taste and which gives him a certain effect that he cannot do without, while giving a richness to his works to bring out a certain sound taste.

A musical will of the touch that we find in the name of his works (indeed, all these pictorial compositions have the name "Opus", (as if he had produced his own music). Let us not forget that he was a musician and devoted many hours to musical improvisation.

Gérard Schneider first shone abroad, before being considered a recognized leader in abstraction in France.