Gifts of Jeanne SCHNEGG


Beginning in 1984, Gaston Schnegg's daughter, Jeanne Schnegg, has made important donations to the Art Museum of Bordeaux (France) including more than two hundred works of her father's : sculptures, drawings and paintings. She has contributed as well many documents and several sculptures of her uncle Lucien Schnegg. These offerings are all  indexed in the catalogue of the splendid exhibition the museum organised in January and February of 1986. J. Schnegg also donated  several works to the Despiau-Wlérick Sculpture Museum of Mont-de-Marsan*, in memory of the "Bande à Schnegg", a group of sculptors inspired and led by Gaston's brother, Lucien Schnegg. Both Despiau and Wlérick were members of this group.

At that time, the city of Bordeaux fancied  to create a large Art Museum in the old Gare d'Orléans (something like the Orsay Museum in Paris) and to dedicate a permanent room to Gaston Schnegg in it. But by the time this project vanished and this failure drove Jeanne to despair. She died in 1994 without seeing the achievement of this beautiful dream... Now, seventeen movie rooms, a conference room and several restaurants have taken place in this former railwaystation !

A lost dream

Jeanne Schnegg in 1988

* Charles Despiau and Robert Wlérick were born in Mont-de-Marsan, a town to the south of Bordeaux,
where a beautiful sculpture museum has been dedicated to them. They also worked for Rodin.

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Document created by Marine Schenegg in 2000
Pr Art Spring kindly helped to translate into English
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