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Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

Galerie Daniel Buchholz

Works by the Swiss artist Jean-Frédéric Schnyder reside in the public domain of painting. For his subjects he pilfers a grab bag of the already known; the same is true of his techniques. Everything is here. Small-format paintings show landscapes, dolls, everyday objects (for example, a sugar cube); they are either painted in an amplified, expressive way, simply sketched, or hinted at pointillistically. Each painting has its unique, intrinsic signature; and each one could even have been done by any other artist—that is, if it weren’t for its relationship to the other paintings and the linking through format and installation. Schnyder’s intention is to celebrate the paradox of simultaneously existing conditions, contradictions, and protean elements in the perception of artworks.

Schnyder’s paintings provide enigmas, but here he offered an odyssey of quiet perception through which the viewer

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