Jean-Pierre Cassigneul stands among the greatest living French artists of the contemporary age, and his canvases reflect his own unique experiences of his time and place. The present work, entitled , is a testament to his unflinching originality and highly personal style, displaying his unique fusion of French haute couture with traditional portraiture. Richly hued with a vibrant palette, this extraordinary oil on canvas embodies the appealing sophistication and timeless elegance of Cassigneul's impressive oeuvre.
His subject, a sophisticated woman in brown, is reminiscent of the elongated, sharply contoured female forms that permeate the work of the Expressionist painter Kees van Dongen, while his vibrant palette recalls the expressive canvases of Les Nabis. Yet, the style is uniquely Cassigneul, particularly in the air of mystery that surrounds his enigmatic, glamorous subject. Around her neck is a stylish rose scarf that beautifully complements her porcelain skin and the vast sea of blue that stretches behind her, while a single yacht in the distance lends the scene a feeling of transience. Full of air and lightness while exuding a distinctly French spirit, this extraordinary composition is an undeniable treasure of contemporary French art.
Born in Paris in 1935, Cassigneul was raised in a world of French fashion. His grandfather was the founder of the fashion house Jean Dessès, of which his father became the owner by the time of Cassigneul's birth. Raised among the glamor and excitement of models and dressmakers and runway shows, it is little wonder that Cassigneul would develop a painterly style so infused with the elegance and refinement of Parisian haute couture. He held his first one-man exhibition at the young age of 17 and later entered the Academie Charpentier, only to leave after one year to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. By 1959, he was appointed a member of the Salon d'Automne, and ever since his work has been widely exhibited throughout the world, particularly in Western Europe, the United States, and Japan, where he enjoys an especially devoted following.
Canvas: 51" high x 35" wide
Frame: 61" high x 45" wide
Signature: Signed “Cassigneul 70” (lower left)
Cassigneul: Beautiful Flowers and Brilliant Women, February-July 2009, Museum Eki and Morioka, Kyoto
About Jean-Pierre Cassigneul
French, b. 1935, Paris, France, based in Paris, France