Gerard Ernest Schneider was born in 1896 in Sainte-Croix, Switzerland. After having studied in Neuchatel, he came to Paris and took courses at the School of Decorative Arts, then at the School of Fine Arts. His first solo exhibition was held in Neuchatel in 1920 at the Leopold Robert Gallery. In 1922, Gerard Schneider moved to France permanently. From 1926 on, he participated in numerous group exhibitions at the Salons d'Automne, the Surindependants, the Mai, the New Realists, etc.
Up until 1944, his art evolved through different phases: classical, figurative representation then imaginary, surrealism (1937), conception of monumental forms, lyrical and abstract. He met Pablo Picasso in 1939 and between
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