|Gaston Schnegg always drew and painted a
great deal. Painting was easier to sell and,
through sales of paintings, he could finance his
sculpture. In his drawings and his fine, smooth and well
finished painting, he manifests the same qualities
that are evident in his sculpture : harmony, accuracy and
moderation, and the search for expression, atmosphere and
beauty in daily surroundings.
a detail of Jeanne's
Oil on canvas
|He was excellent in
portraiture. Professor Roudié(1) particularly appreciated his portraits: "...the
portraits of his wife, his children and himself seem to
me to be his most accomplished works. In the portrait of his daughter sitting,
design is as pure as Ingres'(2) and the quality of his whites is so refined
that they are very difficult to match. There is something
fascinating in this picture, so simple, so calm and so
portrait was on the poster of the Gaston Schnegg's
Exhibition in 1986, the fruit of donations and
gifts by Jeanne Schnegg, and is also on the cover of the
catalogue issued by the Museum of Arts in Bordeaux.
Sketches or drawings preparing his
sculpted or painted works are always very carefully made.
They are finely elaborated and care is taken
with the smallest details. The works also indicate
a very sharp study of light and shadows.
Besides portraits, still lifes, home
scenes, and street scenes in Paris, he often
painted the Garonne riversides, capturing perfectly
the warm and peaceful atmosphere of the villages in
Gironde during the summer when the sun gives a golden
colour to the stones and lets some mist or clouds rise
above the horizon.
The brook in
In his still lifes and paintings of
rustic homes, he caught the slightest ray of light
sneaking in the semi-darkness through the closed
shutters, giving life to glass or varnished earthenware.
- (1) a former professor at the
University of Bordeaux
(2) a famous French painter (18-19th
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