Acquired from the artist
Born in Paris in 1935, Jean-Pierre Cassigneul decided at an 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 a 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.
Our painting depicts a lovely beach scene with a striking female figure in front of the sea. She stands elegantly by a railing with the her arms resting on it. Her face is in profile as she gazes to the left, her high cheekbones are highlighted with red rouge. She is wearing a fashionable black dress, her golden hair tucked under a white hat with a black ribbon and a light pink flower. Her hat blends in with the horizon where the deep blue sea meets the bright blue sky. There are a couple of sailboats out on the sea, one closer to shore and the other right by the horizon.