A stylish woman sits waterside in this entrancing oil painting by Jean-Pierre Cassigneul. A classic example of his aesthetic, the enchanting piece is a masterpiece of composition and color, exemplifying the appealing sophistication of Cassigneul's work. His impressive oeuvre is beloved by collectors worldwide who remain transfixed by his uniquely vibrant scenes of elegant women at leisure. His painting In the Rose Garden recently brought $893,000 at a 2014 Sotheby's auction, ranking him among the five best-selling living French artists in the world.
This work entitled September, exemplifies his elegant compositions of society woman that bring together classical beauty and modern sophistication. His work is reminiscent of Les Nabis, the early 20th-century French Post-Impressionist painters, in its avant-garde color palette and flat spatial compositions. Expressionist painter Kees van Dongen was another important influence on the young Cassigneul, whose portraits resemble van Dongen's elongated, sharply contoured female forms.
Born in Paris in 1935, Cassigneul studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, holding his first one-man exhibition at the young age of 17. Since that first show, 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: 25 3/4" high x 21 1/2" wide
Frame: 35" high x 30 1/2" wide
Signature: Signed "Cassigneul" (lower left)
Cassigneul et La Mer, 1993, K. Shoin
About Jean-Pierre Cassigneul
French, b. 1935, Paris, France, based in Paris, France