Fernand Quignon

Fernand Quignon
Claude-Émile Schuffenecker (French, 1851-1934)
c. 1885-1890
Oil on canvas 
31-7/8 x 25-5/8 in. (81 x 65 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
Not on View

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.


Fernand Quignon, by descent in 1941 to his daughter;
Marthe Quignon and Gaston Potiez (the sitter’s son-in-law), to their son;
Roger Potiez and his uncle, Jean-Roland Quignon, Paris (son of Fernand Quignon), to;
Galerie André Watteau, Paris, to;
(sale, London, Sotheby’s, 30 April 1969, lot 46, ill., as Portrait du Peintre Fernand Quignou[sic], to);
[Spencer A. Samuels & Co., Ltd., New York].
[Barbara Mathes Gallery, Inc., New York; offered 25 October 1979 and subsequently sold January 1980 to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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