Claude-Emile SCHUFFENECKER (1851 - 1934)

Portrait of Amedée Schuffenecker, the Artist’s Brother Sold

Pencil.
Studies of heads of two bulls in pencil on the verso.
Signed C. Schuffenecker at the lower right centre and inscribed portrait de Amedée Schuffenecker at the lower left.
Indistinctly inscribed (colour notes?) on the verso.
222 x 148 mm. (8 3/4 x 5 3/4 in.) [sheet]

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The present sheet is a portrait of the painter’s younger brother, Léon Paul Amédée Schuffenecker (1854-1936), who worked as a wine merchant in Meudon, and later became a dealer in paintings, furniture and musical instruments. In 1903, shortly before the artist’s divorce, Amédée agreed to purchase almost the entirety of his brother’s collection of avant-garde paintings by Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne, and other artists. Although this was apparently done in order to keep them in the family and to prevent the paintings being sold by the artist’s wife after the divorce, in fact many of the works in the collection were later sold by Amédée, mainly through other dealers, and often in Germany. He is also known to have himself acquired a number of works by Van Gogh from the artist’s sister-in-law, Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, in 1906. At Amédée Schuffenecker’s death, the remainder of his collection was inherited by Emile’s daughter, Jeanne.

Provenance:
The estate of the artist, with the atelier monogram (not in Lugt) stamped at the lower right
By descent to his daughter, Jeanne Schuffenecker, Paris
Jacques Fouquet (Galerie Les Deux Iles), Paris
Anonymous sale, Morlaix, 7 August 1995, lot 175.

Literature:
Jill Grossvogel, ‘Margin & Image’, in Jill Grossvogel, Claude-Emile Schuffenecker, exhibition catalogue, Binghamton and New York, 1980-1981, p.8, fig.3; René Porro, Claude-Emile Schuffenecker: Une oeuvre melodieuse, Combeaufontaine, 1992, p.26. fig.10; Jill-Elyse Grossvogel, Claude-Emile Schuffenecker: Catalogue Raisonné, Vol.I,, San Francisco, 2000, p.188, no.506; Daniel Wildenstein, Sylvie Crussard and Martine Heudron, Gauguin: A Savage in the Making. Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings (1873-1888), Paris and Milan, 2002, Vol.I, p.222.

Claude-Emile SCHUFFENECKER

Portrait of Amedée Schuffenecker, the Artist’s Brother

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