Fine Art

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul

French, born 1935

La tarte aux cerises

Oil on canvas
36 1/2 x 29 inches (92.5 x 73 cm)
Framed: 44 x 36 3/4 inches (112 x 93.5 cm)
Signed lower right: Cassigneul


Gallery Temenaga, Tokyo
Private collection

This painting is sold with a Certificate of Authenticity 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.

The magnetic attraction of Jean-Pierre Cassigneul’s art lies in his ability to transport the viewer to an idyllic world, evoking a sense of nostalgia. His beautiful compositions of striking elegant women are 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. In Cassigneul’s enigmatic imagery, the figures are frozen in time. His subjects remain lost in contemplation, inviting the viewer into the serenity of their world.

Our painting is a beautiful example of Cassigneul’s elegant and iconic female figure. She is seated at a table with a thick, lush garden of rich green leaves and pale pink flowers behind her. In front of her is a plate of delectable looking French pastries, including a cherry tart, for which the painting is named. Her delicate, porcelain-colored arm rests on the table, her creamy skin accented by her black dress, bold turquoise eyelids, sultry dark lips and high cheekbones. Her beauty and elegance are enhanced by her pearl earrings and her chic, tawny colored fur hat. She seems lost in her thoughts, possibly waiting for someone to share the French delicacies.