Claude-Emile SCHUFFENECKER (Fresnes-Saint-Mames 1851 - Paris 1934)
Study of a Young Boy Lying on his Stomach Sold
Stamped with the atelier monogram (not in Lugt) at the lower right.
Inscribed le gosse étendu / 15 x 23 on a label attached to the old backing board.
154 x 237 mm. (6 x 9 3/8 in.)
The present sheet is a fine example of Schuffenecker’s use of pastel, a medium he favoured and which he used with considerable skill throughout his mature career. As one scholar has written, ‘The suitability of this medium to Schuffenecker’s particular vision cannot be overstated: pastel enabled Schuffenecker to establish the nuanced tonality, the forms softened by layers of light and shadow, recognizable as the implicit statement advocated by the symbolists…The pastels of Degas were no small contribution to the development of Schuffenecker’s technique…Like the master he so respected, Schuffenecker felt that the medium of pastel allowed him to retain luminous color without sacrificing the linear control which, again like Degas, he believed to be crucial.’
This drawing can be related to a small oil painting of figures on a beach of c.1888, on the art market in New York in 1969, in which appears a very similar boy lying on the ground, but in reverse. A preparatory pastel study for the composition of the painting is in a French private collection.
A closely comparable study of a seated young boy, also in pastel, is in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and is in turn related to a painting of A Mother and Child on the Beach at Étretat of c.1888, in a private collection.
The estate of the artist
Probably his daughter Jeanne Schuffenecker, Paris
Possibly Jacques Fouquet, Galerie Les Deux Iles, Paris.