Known for his expressive, gestural paintings, Gérard Schneider was a Swiss artist based in Paris essential to the development of Lyrical Abstraction.


Gérard Schneider was born in Switzerland in 1896. At 20 he relocated to Paris where he studied at the École nationale des Arts Décoratifs, and later at the École nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris in the studio of painter Fernand Cormon, teacher to pupils including van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec. During his time in Paris, Schneider frequented musical circles which informed his early works, featuring a movement-based expression. He was exposed to the likes of Picasso and Kandinsky who had famously departed from reality in their work. It was just at the cusp of the war that Schneider would enter a...

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