Gérard SchneiderOpus 56 M
Acrylic on canvas
Signed and dated
28.74 x 23.62 in ( 73 x 60 cm )
Inquiry - Opus 56 M, 1977


Letter of inclusion to The Catalogue Raisonné


Dabbeni Studio d'arte contemporanea, Lugano

Private Collection, France

Artwork's description

From 1962, Schneider develops a new relationship with colour, which now occupies a primordial place in the composition.
56 M achieves this synthesis of form and colour. Here Schneider creates a composition in which the broad brushstrokes underline the expressive monumentality. The palette becomes more vivid and vibrant. He uses acrylic, which dries faster and allows him more audacity and spontaneity.

“ A change has undeniably taken place (...) on this basic priniciple united to simplified expressive forms, as heralds a logical development to come

which will succeed by its decanted lyricism, thus keeping only the pictorial essence, in a more mural sense. "
Gérard Schneider

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.