French, 1851 - 1934
Schuffenecker, Claude Emile
Artist Claude Emile Schuffenecker is better known today as an early patron and friend of Gauguin, whom he met c. 1872 when both were stockbrokers in Paris. Schuffenecker began to collect in the 1880s, not only works by Gauguin but those by van Gogh, Bernard, and Redon, and was known by his artist friends as "le bon Schuff" for his support. The friendship with Gauguin ended in around 1891, when Gauguin left for Tahiti. An acrimonious divorce, which was finalized in 1904, forced Claude Emile to sell his collection to his brother Amédée in hopes of keeping it together. Instead, Amédée became an active dealer. Both brothers were posthumously implicated in the scandal of fake van Goghs handled by Amédée.