Galerie Gregg Juarez, Los Angeles, Ca., July 28, 1967
George Bond Estate from Atherton, California
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 features a classic Cassigneul female figure. She is the picture of elegance, with her long neck and alabaster skin, which is complemented by her beautiful auburn hair. A large white hat keeps the sun from her skin and matches the large white bow on her pale green dress. In her left hand (viewer’s right) she holds a bouquet of yellow-green tulips, which seem to be freshly picked from the verdant green field behind her. Typical of the artist’s earlier oeuvre from the 60s when he was influenced by Kees van Dongen, she gazes seductively at the audience from lowered dark green eyelids.