Thursday, February 07, 2008

Germaine Schneider - "Trees in Snow" (1938)

While in San Francisco with Zéphyros this last weekend, I visited the SF art galleries Saturday morning. I was delighted to pick up this small (3 inches by 2 inches), peaceful picture by French photographer Germaine Schneider (fl. 1930s-1950s) at the Robert Tat Gallery. The show, which was on its last day, featured small photographs from the early 20th Century. The picture is formally beautiful and plays with perspective and perception of size, shadow and light, in ways that appeal to me. Her work is in the collections of the Center for Creative Photography in Tuscon and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Germaine Schneider
"Trees in Snow" (1938)
3 in. x 2 in.
gelatin silver print
Robert Tat Gallery

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hello james
i am very pleased to see at least a photography of Germaine Schneider on the net in your blog.
In fact , i had found 20 years ago in the street a box with a lot of old photos and letters and after study it appears it was maybe the "germaine schneider" archives with many very nice photos ( above all small size like yours).Then i forgot all this box and photos and few years ago i was interessed again by old photos and i searched on internet if someone had never hear about germaine schneider and i found that in arizona and in getty museum they have few picts from her.
I have seen also that other picts had been sold in germany ( auctions).And from time to time I check on internet if there is some news about "germaine" and her photos....
your photo is beautiful and also your text about it and i would be happy to show you some other "germaine schneider works" if you are interessed?I can also send you by mail a photo of germaine schneider herself ( very nice with maybe a "garçonne look" from the 30's.
marc from Paris , France
email :
(i am not a photo dealer just an "amateur " and i don't want to sell any photos ...)