Fine Art

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul

French, born 1935

La cavalière

Oil on canvas
21 ¼ x 25 ¼ inches (54 cm x 64.1 cm)
Framed: 29 ½ x 33 ½ inches (75 x 85.1 cm)
Signed lower left: Cassigneul


Acquired from the artist

This painting is sold with a certificate from the artist confirming its authenticity.

Born in Paris in 1935, Jean-Pierre Cassigneul decided at early age to pursue multiple disciplines, and became extremely proficient as a painter, lithographer, engraver, illustrator, and muralist. At the age of 17, Jean-Pierre Cassigneul held his first solo exhibition in Paris. Two years later, he entered the Academie Charpentier and studied under Jean Souverbie, a professor at the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris. He passed his entrance examination a year later and enrolled at the L'École Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. From 1956 until 1960, Jean-Pierre Cassigneul was instructed by Chapelain-Midy. During this period, he held exhibitions in Paris and other cities. He had a contract with the Gallery Bellechasse in Paris for several years after his first exhibition at the gallery in 1965.

Since then, his work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe, Japan and the United States, including shows at the Galerie Tivey Faucon and Galerie Bellechase, Paris; Gallery Tamenaga, Japan and Wally Findlay Gallery, New York. Cassigneul has also illustrated several books, including Le Tour de Malheur by Joseph Kessel. Jean-Pierre Cassigneul went on to exhibit in various group exhibitions, including the Salon d' Automne in Paris, where he was member, the Salon de la Jeune Peinture, and Meubles Tableaux (Furniture-Paintings), an exhibition held in 1977 at the Centre Beau Bourg. In this, he showed a piece of occasional furniture in the Louis XIV manner, the doors and sides of which, were decorated with female figures.

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul creates beautiful compositions of striking elegant women similar in the tradition of the early 20th century French Nabis artists, like Bonnard and Vuillard. His work is greatly influenced by the expressionist painter, Kees van Dongen, especially his very dramatic portraits and use of intense vibrant color.

This work’s central figure is Cassigneul’s characteristic elegant female. She is presented in profile, her lovely golden brown hair swept up and topeed with an elegant white hat. She wears simple stud earrings, allowing the eye to be drawn to her bare shoulders, which are encompassed by a lush brown fur wrap. To her left is a blond female figure wearing a riding habit, complete with brown riding boots and an equestrian hat. She is depicted on a chestnut colored horse with a white muzzle. Behind the figures a verdant green forest invites a cool summer.