David Schneuer's fine art is a unique witness to Europe between the World Wars and the golden period of German Expressionism.
He was born in 1905 in Austro-Hungary and raised mostly by his mother due to the effects of World War I and losing his father to the war. After graduating from the Munchner Kunstgewerbeschule, he moved to Paris, where he collaborated with many leading artists.
In the 1920's he worked as a stage and poster designer in Berlin and Munich, developing his own style influenced by the German art of Kirchner, Grosz and Beckmann. It was during this time that he perfected his lithographic poster techniques. In 1932 he was arrested as an artistic dissident and was imprisoned in Dachau. Upon his release in 1933, he immigrated to Palestine and settled in Tel Aviv. There his paintings, as well as his trademarks - posters and public murals - were received with great enthusiasm in the rapidly expanding city. Once in Tel Aviv, Israel, Schneuer did wall-decorations for hotels, cafes and bars. Included in his long list of credits was Hotel Dan Carmel in Haifa, a hotel in Abidjan in 1962 and the Zim company's ships built in Antwerp in 1964. David Schneuer always felt his 'art' was his personal statement while his 'craft' was a collaboration between craftsman and client.
The same motifs, which he used while designing for Brecht, can be seen in his paintings - subtle eroticism, sensuous characters, and exuberant humor enhanced by refined colors. Thomas Mann and the plight of the common man influenced Schneuer while in Germany. Ultimately, from the late 1960's onward, his work seemed to deal less with reality than with its reflection. The figures seemed to arise from La Boheme, Baudelaire, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cheret and Mucha. His work was a Munich version of early Twentieth Century Paris, fashioned in Tel Aviv at the later part of the century. His memories of people, places, and relationships past were recessed deep into his subconscious.
Unaffected by the ever-changing world about him, Schneuer continued to develop his expressionist style until his death in November of 1988.
GALLERY M is pleased to exclusively represent the fine art and estate works of David Schneuer in the Rocky Mountain Region.