Hendrik Jan Furnée (1833–1894) was a chemist who sold paints and other artists’ materials. He kept a shop at Korte Poten 8 which Vincent sometimes visited. Vincent gave drawing lessons to Furnée’s son, Antoine Philippe Furnée (1861–1897). Because he was not paid for his services, in July 1883 Vincent attempted to make a deal to acquire a batch of old paint from Furnée on the condition that he would be able to continue to buy paint at a reduced rate.
Later, when he was living in Drenthe and Nuenen, Vincent continued to have paint delivered from The Hague by Furnée and his other dealer, Leurs. In September 1883, Vincent owed Furnée 30 guilders, and Furnée demanded the money. Vincent wrote back that he was unable to pay, and he subsequently told Theo of his solution in a letter:
“in order to put a stop to it, I wrote to tell him that I put his paint in my studies, and that I asked him to take the trouble to sell something for me instead of nagging. That I’ll go through with it, and have to send him things.”
Vincent had also proposed the solution of putting paintings up for sale to his other creditor and supplier Leurs.