Claude Emile Schuffenecker
La Ramasseuse de Varech, 1883
Crayon on Paper
14 x 16½ Inches
Estate Stamp Lower Right
Titled on old labels verso, "La Ramasseuse de Varech" (The Kelp Gatherer)
Dated on old label verso, "1883"
Galerie Berri-Raspail, Paris, Stock # 20339, from label verso
An early and accomplished figural work by this prominent Post-Impressionist, founding member of the school of Pont-Aven and one-time fellow-student and friend of Gauguin who painted him several times.
Émile Schuffenecker was a French Post-Impressionist artist, painter, art teacher and art collector. A friend of Paul Gauguin and Odilon Redon, and one of the first collectors of works by Vincent van Gogh, Schuffenecker was instrumental in establishing the Volpini exhibition, in 1889.
In 1872, Schuffenecker joined the broker Bertin, where he met Paul Gauguin; they became close friends. Both used to study the Old Masters at the Louvre and, together with Gauguin, Schuffenecker was trained at the Académie Suisse, in 1872, and at the Académie Colarossi, in 1883. In 1869 he received a "first class mention in design" and, from 1872 to 1881, he continued his training with Carolus-Duran and was admitted to the Salon. In 1882 and 1883, however, his paintings were refused by the Salon jury. Schuffenecker then joined the Société des Artistes Indépendants and also, in 1886, the Impressionists for their 8th and final exhibition.
Gauguin's portrait of Schuffenecker, 'Le bon Schuff and his family', painted early in 1889 in Schuffenecker's studio, soon after Gauguin's return from Arles is widely known and has created much speculation about the relations between the two artists.
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