The Daily Pic

02.14.12

So Cloying It’s Good

Jean-Frederic Schnyder paints 35 landscapes so sweet your teeth hurt
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Charles Griffin

Jean-Frederic Schnyder painted this and other works in his series in the early 1990s, and they are now in his show at the Swiss Institute in New York. The gallery is filled with picture after picture (after picture) more or less in this mode, usually featuring a cute little Swiss chalet. Schnyder’s 35 paintings come very close to saccharine – so close they leave a bitter aftertaste that seems worth exploring. (And sometimes Schnyder’s sky is filled with Swastikas, or has a mushroom cloud in it.)