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Fernand Quignon

Fernand Quignon, c. 1885-1890

Claude-Émile Schuffenecker
French, 1851-1934
Oil on canvas
31-7/8 x 25-5/8 in. (81 x 65 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Though Claude-Émile Schuffenecker is probably best known as the subject of one of Paul Gauguin’s enigmatic portraits, he was also a successful artist in his own right. He exhibited numerous works with some of the most avant-garde painters at the close of the nineteenth century, including Gauguin and Odilon Redon, and he was one of the earliest collectors of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings. Despite his associations with these progressive artists, his works were freighted with the academic lessons learned through his studies. This portrait of the relatively successful landscapist Fernand Quignon (1854–1941) depicts the artist in a very conventional pose, with his thumb in his vest pocket and a pipe in his hand. The image is updated, however, through the vibrant colors and quick brushwork delineating the sitter’s costume and the flowering trellis behind him.

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