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January 9/16, 2008

The Studio of Emile Schuffenecker

JAMA. 2008;299(2):141. doi:10.1001/jama.2007.65-a

When Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) fled Arles after his disastrous experiment of living and working in the Yellow House with Vincent van Gogh, he went straight to Paris, to the home of Emile Schuffenecker and his family—wife Louise and children Jeanne and Paul—where he knew “the good Schuff” would supply not only bed and board, but a place to work as well. This was not the first time he had availed himself of his friend's hospitality. The two had met nearly two decades earlier when both worked for the stockbroker firm of Bertin and discovered a mutual interest in painting. When the Paris markets crashed in 1882, the two were forced out; it was an opportunity for them to turn full time to painting. Schuffenecker joined the Impressionist fringes, even exhibiting in their last group show in 1886. It was a small step from there for him to become interested in the Neo-Impressionists and their experiments with “prismatic dots.”