Jean Pierre Cassigneul (1935-)

French

Influenced directly by the strong lines and bright colorful paintings of Kees von Dongen, Jean Pierre Cassigneul made immediate inroads into the world of fine art with his 20th Century paintings. Born in Paris in 1935, he exhibited his first solo exhibition at 17 and never looked back. He studied at the National Academies, and under Jean Souverbie at the Academie Charpentier in 1954, after which Cassigneul followed Souverbie to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Cassigneul decided early to pursue multiple disciplines, and became extremely proficient as a painter, lithographer, engraver, illustrator and muralist. His favored subject proved to be elegant women, often wearing hats and surrounded with floral elements. Paris audiences adored his early exhibitions, and he was appointed as a member of the Salon d’Automne.

Cassigneul found a wider audience in the 1960s and ‘70s, expanding into American and Japanese markets. He has held shows at the Galerie Tivey in Paris, Galerie Tamenaga in Japan and Wally Findlay Gallery in New York. His flare for well structured compositions of beautiful women has infused his paintings with a sentimental nostalgia to the early, more carefree days, and combine the beauty of fashion and humanity at leisure. Touches of Impressionist, Cubist and Fauvist elements blend in his own unique style.

An exhibition celebrating 50-years of Cassigneul’s art was held in seven major cities in Japan in 2005. He recently set his record at auction for a work in 2013 selling for $893,000.