Private Collection, Japan.
Private Collection, Europe.
Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist, dated November 11, 2011, numbered 464.
Born in Paris in 1935, Jean Cassigneul studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and held his first one-man exhibition there at the age of 17. 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 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. Following in the tradition of the early 20th century French artists, Bonnard and Vuillard, Jean-Pierre Cassigneul is known for his charming and extremely popular Van Dongen-influenced paintings of women in floral hats, complete with frequent allusions to other aspects of the Années Folles with great appeal.
Our painting, Les cavaliers, is a striking portrait and typical of Cassigneul’s oeuvre. Here he depicts a woman dressed in black with figures riding horses in the background, perhaps at the races. The unique color palette and bold brushstrokes show his considerable skills as a painter. The figures evoke a familiar time period, yet the surroundings give the painting a mysterious atmosphere. The contrast in the painting brings the focus on the woman, her ambiguous facial expression and dark eyes add to the mysterious atmosphere in the painting. Les cavaliers is truly an excellent example of Cassigneul’s work.