Fine Art

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul

French, born 1935

Après-midi d’été

2015
Oil on canvas
57 x 40 inches (146 x 97 cm)
Framed: 65 1/4 x 46 inches (166 x 117 cm)
Signed lower center: Cassigneul

Provenance:

Acquired from the artist

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

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 Ecole 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 composition features a beautiful lady, who gazes out beyond the viewer. The
stunning payssage in the background looks like a lake on the Swiss or Italian Alps. A
striking combination of vibrant color and the lady’s attire, as well as a very calming
ambiance within the scene are what make this painting so captivating. The viewer can
participate and escape in to the composition, and also enjoy a wonderful summer
afternoon.