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Schneider, Pierre E.

    Full Name: Schneider, Pierre E.

    Other Names:

    • Pierre Schneider

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1925

    Place Born: Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium

    Home Country/ies: Belgium

    Subject Area(s): French (culture or style) and Modern (style or period)


    Matisse and French modernist scholar. Schneider received his Ph. D., in literature from Harvard in 1953. He moved to Paris where he worked with Georges Duthuit on the Matisse archives. In 1958 he joined the staff of L’Express in Paris as art critic. He was also a contributor to Artnews. In 1968 he wrote the volumes on Manet and Watteau for the Time-Life series. In 1984, Schneider published one of the dominant monographs on Matisse, the result of years of archival study on the artist.

    Selected Bibliography

    [dissertation:] Du normal a L’insolite: étude sur la rupturedes cadres poétiques au dix-néuvieme siécle. Harvard, 1953; The World of Watteau, 1684-1721. New York: Time, inc., 1967; The World of Manet, 1832-1883. New York: Time-Life Books, 1968; and Péaud, Tamara. Henri Matisse. Exposition du centenaire, Grand Palais, avril-septembre 1970. Paris: Ministère d’État, Affaires culturelles, 1970; Les dialogues du Louvre. Paris: Denoël, 1972, English, Louvre Dialogues. New York: Atheneum, 1971; Matisse. Paris: Flammarion, 1984, English, Matisse. New York: Rizzoli, 1984.


    Piguet, Philippe. “Henri Matisse, un art de la presence: rencontre avec Pierre Schneider.”. L’Oeil no. 449 (March 1993) p. 20-3; Piguet, P. Pierre Schneider: Picasso ou la fuite en avant [Interview]. L’Oeil no. 539 (September 2002) p. 46-7; Watt, Pierre. “La peinture a fond perdu: interview with Pierre Schneider.” Beaux Arts Magazine no. 212 (January 2002): 107; D’Arcy, David. “Not Just a Pretty Painter.” Art Newspaper 13 (May 2003): 1.


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