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Private collection, Japan (1993).
Acquired from the above by the present owners.
Please note the amended title for the present lot is Deux femmes sur la plage.
Jean-Pierre Cassigneul creates beautiful and haunting compositions of fashionably attired women enjoying the pleasures of leisure life by the seaside, seated or strolling through blooming flower gardens. The majesty of his art lies in its ability to transport the viewer to an idyllic world, evoking a sense of nostalgia.
Born in Paris in 1935, Cassigneul studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and held his first solo exhibition at Lucy Krogh Gallery at the age of 17. Since then, his work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe, Japan and the United States. In addition to his paintings, Cassigneul has created lithographs, murals, tapestry and stained glass window designs. He has been commissioned for works by hotels and theaters and in 1993 the Bolshoi in Moscow commissioned sets and costumes for their ballet “The badly guarded Daughter.”
Cassigneul follows the tradition of the Nabi artists, Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard, through his use of flat colors and compressed spaces to portray quotidian subjects. The Fauve artist Kees van Dongen was also a great source of inspiration for Cassigneul, most readily observed in the elongated and contoured female forms imbued with vibrant, expressive colors. 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.
Kyoto, Museum Eki and Morioka, Civic Cultural Hall, Cassigneul, Beautiful Flowers and Brilliant Women, February-July 2009, no. 18 (illustrated in color).