Biography

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul (b.1935) studied at the Académie Charpentier in 1954 where he was taught by the influential French figurative painter Jean Souverbie (1891-1981). Souverbie had been closely associated with the Post-Impressionists, Maurice Denis (1870-1943), Paul Sérusier (1864-1927), Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940) and Félix Vallotton (1865-1925) at the Académie Renon. It was under the influence of Souverbie at the Académie Charpentier that Cassigneul founded his technique and approach to painting. After working at the studio of the French painter and illustrator Roger Chapelain-Midy (1904-1992) in 1955, Cassigneul exhibited at the Galerie des Beaux-Arts in Paris before being named a member of the Salon d’Automne in 1959. In 1963 Cassigneul exhibited at the Salon de la Jeune Peinture alongside French painters Bernard Buffet (1928-1999) and André Minaux (1923-1986).

 

After a number of successful exhibitions in Paris, Cassigneul met the influential American art dealer Wally Findlay Jr. whilst exhibiting at the Vital Gallery in Paris in 1968. It was Findlay Jr. who became a major influence in expanding the market for Cassigneul outside of Europe. Cassigneul exhibited at the Wally Findlay Gallery in Palm Beach and New York in 1970, during which, Cassigneul made his first trip to Japan where he was the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Mitsukoshi Gallery in Tokyo.

 

Building on his success in Europe, Cassigneul’s practice expanded from painting to lithography and tapestries, making his work more accessible to an expanding audience. Exhibiting both his lithographs and painting throughout the 1980s and 1990s Cassigneul underlined the significance of his work in the landscape of Modern art.

 

Cassigneul’s subject matter has remained constant throughout his 60-year career. Cassigneul’s popularity has seen him rise to the top of the rankings for the best-selling living French artists in public sales, and in 2010 amongst the top 5 living French artists as outlined by online art market database Artprice.

 

 

 

Notable Collections:

 

  • The Athenaeum Collection, London, UK
  • Wally Findlay Gallery, New York, US
  • M.S. Rau Collection, ‘Post/Impressionism’, New Orleans, US
  • Izu Lake Ippeki Museum, Japan
  • Guarisco Art Gallery, Washington D.C., US
  • Tamenaga Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 
  • André Museum, Paris, France
  • Daimaru museums in Tokyo, Japan
  • Phillippe Seton, Paris, France 

 

1935

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul was born in Paris on July 13.

 

1952

First solo exhibition is held at the Lucy Krogh Gallery in Paris.

 

1954

Joins the Académie Charpentier, then decides to take classes with Jean Souverbie (a professor at the Paris School of Fine Arts).

 

1955

Is admitted in the entrance exam for the Paris School of Fine Arts. Works in Roger Chapelain- Midy’s studio.

 

1958

Exhibits at the Fine Arts Gallery in Paris.

 

1959

Is named a member of the Salon d’Automne.

 

1963

Exhibits for the first time at the Salon de la Jeune Peinture.

 

1964

Solo exhibition at the Tivey-Faucon Gallery in Paris. It is through this that he meets Kiyoshi Tamenaga, who becomes his art dealer in Japan, and Charles Zalber, director of the Bellechasse Gallery in Paris.

 

1965

Creation and printing of his first lithographs in the Desjobert studio.

A one-night exhibition at the Bellechasse Gallery in Paris.

 

1966

Exhibition at the International Figurative Salon in Tokyo.

Second exhibition at the Bellechasse Gallery in Paris.

 

1968

Exhibition at the Juarez Gallery in Palm Beach.

Exhibition at the Vital Gallery in Paris. Here he meets Wally Findlay who becomes his art dealer in the United States.

 

1969

Exhibition of lithographs at the Mitsukoshi Gallery in Tokyo.

 

1970

Exhibition at the Wally Findlay Gallery in Palm Beach and then New York.

First trip to Japan where he spent three months.

Major solo exhibition at the Mitsukoshi Gallery in Tokyo.

 

1973

Exhibition at the Wally Findlay Gallery in Palm Beach and then New York.

Solo exhibition at the Tamenaga Gallery in Tokyo.

Birth of his daughter Anne-Charlotte.

 

1974

Solo exhibition at the Wally Findlay Gallery in Paris and then New York.

 

1975

Exhibition at the Wally Findlay Gallery in New York.

Birth of his son Vincent.

 

1976

Solo exhibition at the Mitsukoshi Gallery in Tokyo.

 

1977

Solo exhibition at the Ren. Kieffer Gallery in Paris.

In December, solo exhibition of paintings and pastels at the Wally Findlay Gallery in Paris.

 

1978

Exhibition of the ensemble of his lithography work at the Vision Nouvelle Gallery in Paris.

Exhibition at the Wally Findlay Gallery in New York.

Second trip to Japan. Major solo exhibition at the Mitsukoshi Gallery in Tokyo.

 

1979

Third trip to Japan.

 

1980

First tapestry made by Atelier 3 in Paris.

Solo exhibitions of paintings and tapestries at the Wally Findlay Gallery in Paris and then New York.

Exhibition of lithographs at the Pierre Hautot Gallery in Paris.

 

1981

Fourth trip to Japan.

Solo exhibition at the Mitsukoshi Gallery in Tokyo.

He produces a large scale painting for the Mitsukoshi Theatre.

Paints a portrait of Tetsuko Kuroyanagi.

 

1982

Exhibition of lithographs at the Galerie du Monde in Hong Kong.

Solo exhibition of drawings, paintings and tapestries at the Wally Findlay Gallery in Paris.

Exhibition of lithographs at the Matignon Gallery in Paris.

 

1983

Tour of Japan, during which several solo exhibitions were organised to mark the lauching of the book Cassigneul.

These were held in several venues: the Mikimoto Gallery in Tokyo, the Miyako Gallery in Osaka and the Kokusai Salon

in Nagoya.

Solo exhibition of lithographs at the Takano Gallery in Tokyo.

Solo exhibition at the Wally Findlay Gallery in Paris to present the book.

 

1984

Solo exhibition at the Matsuzakaya Museum in Nagoya (Japan).

Solo exhibition of lithographs at Artexpo in New York, at the Enrico Navarra publishers stand.

Trip to Japan for a solo exhibition of paintings at the Tamenaga Gallery in Tokyo.

Exhibition at the Basel Fair (Switzerland).

 

1985

Solo exhibition of lithographs at the Takano Gallery for the 100th anniversary of the Takano-Shinjuku stores, in Tokyo.

Solo exhibition of lithographs at Artexpo in New York, at the Enrico Navarra publishers stand.

Makes a screen in lithographs, Les Jardins du Luxembourg, exhibited at La Bouquinerie de l’Institut in Paris.

Solo exhibition of lithographs at the Foire internationale de l’estampe, at the Jacquemart-André Museum in Paris, at the Enrico Navarra Publishers stand.

 

1987

Exhibitions at Artexpo in New York and at the Basel Fair (Switzerland).

Exhibition of drawings and watercolours at La Bouquinerie de l’Institut in Paris.

Exhibition at the Trianon in the Parc de Bagatelle, organised by Paris City Hall.

 

1988

Exhibition at the Shiseido Gallery in Tokyo.

Exhibition at the Basel Fair (Switzerland).

Exhibition at Artexpo in New York.

Exhibition to mark the reopening of the Daimaru department store in Nagasaki (Japan).

He made a painting for the town of Nagasaki.

Exhibition of lithographs at the Martin Brès Gallery in Marseilles.

 

1989

Solo exhibition at Printemps Ginza in Tokyo.

Solo exhibition at Artexpo in New York, at the Enrico Navarra publishers stand. It was here that he

presented a silkscreen, Bagatelle, and a bas-relief in silver, Le Pommier, published by Edmund Newmann.

 

1990

Exhibition in Japan at the Daimaru museums in Osaka, Tokyo, Hakata and Kyoto.

He produces a painting commemorating the 100th anniversary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone.

Production of paintings and drawings to decorate Ko Olina Golf Club in Hawaii.

Production of a poster for the Lanc.me Trophy in Paris and one for the

Bolshoi Ballet’s tour of the United States and France.

Birth of his son, Paul.

 

1991

Exhibition at La Bouquinerie de l’Institut in Paris.

First exhibition in Canada at the Buschlen Mowatt Gallery in Vancouver.

 

1992

Solo exhibition at Printemps Ginza in Tokyo.

Exhibition of drawings and watercolours at La Bouquinerie de l’Institut in Paris.

 

1993

Solo exhibition at the Matsuzakaya Museum in Nagoya, then in Ueno, Yokohama and Osaka.

Produced the scenery and costumes for the ballet La Fille mal gardée for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. He was invited to the first performance.

He moved to Switzerland.

 

1994

Exhibition at Printemps Ginza in Tokyo.

Solo exhibition in Yokohama.

Performances of La Fille mal gardée in Japan.

Production of a stained glass window Le Jardin des délices, in Chartres, in the Jean Loire workshop, for the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Japan.  Trip to Japan for its inauguration.

Inauguration of the Izu Lake Ippeki Museum in Japan (some 150 works in a permanent exhibition).

 

1995

Exhibition of 150 lithographs in 12 major towns in Japan.

 

1996

In April-August, a retrospective at the Daimaru Museum in Tokyo, organised by the Asahi newspaper.

It included some 100 works, paintings, drawings and tapestries.

The exhibition, which drew 65,000 visitors from April 25 to May 6, was taken to the cities

of Osaka, Kyoto, Kōchi, and Fukuoka.

In October, exhibition of lithographs in the Sogo department store for their 165th anniversary in Yokohama, then in Kobe, Chiba, and Hiroshima.

The exhibition ran until February 1997.

 

1997

In April-May, exhibition of lithographs made between 1989 and 1996 at Printemps Ginza in Tokyo for its 13th anniversary.

In July, inauguration of the Asama Prince Hotel in Tokyo for which Cassigneul created the Jardin d’été tapestry.

In September, exhibition of drawings and watercolours at Printemps Ginza in Tokyo.

 

1998

Exhibition at the Matsuzakaya Museum in Nagoya, organised by the channel NHK in association with Air France.

Some 100 paintings, drawings, and tapestries were shown. The exhibition then toured Tokyo, Yokohama, and Shizuoka. Exhibition in the Sogo department stores in Kobe, Ohmiya, Chiba, and Yokohama.

 

1999

Exhibition in Printemps Ginza, showing some 100 recent works (paintings, drawings and lithographs).

Exhibition in the Sogo department store in Hiroshima.

 

2000

In November, exhibition in Printemps Ginza in Tokyo for its 16th anniversary.

Exhibition in the Daimaru  Hakata department store in Kyūshū.

 

2001

Solo exhibition in Asahikawa, Utsunomiya, and Kure.

 

2002

Exhibition of recent works in five major cities in Japan: Takasuki, Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, and Hiroshima.

 

2003

Production of 400 lithographs, one oil painting and a dinner service for the Sapporo Prince Hotel. Solo exhibition in Tokyo, Kōchi, Okinawa, Okayama, and Kashiwa.

 

2004

Solo exhibition in Yao, Kawaguchi and Chiba.

 

2005

To celebrate 50 years of painting, an exhibition of paintings, lithographs, and tapestries in seven major cities in Japan (Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Hiroshima, Chiba, Hakata and Shizuoka) in Seibu, Sogo, and Daimaru department stores.

 

2006

In October, exhibition in the Patrick Cramer Gallery in Geneva.

 

2007

In October, exhibition of paintings and lithographs

in six major cities in Japan (Tokyo, Yokahama, Kobe, Hiroshima, and Osaka) in Seibu, Sogo, and Tenmaya department stores.

 

2009

In June, a retrospective of some 40 paintings in the Tamenaga Gallery in Paris. This was the first exhibition in France since 1987.

In October, exhibition in the Tamenaga Gallery in Tokyo, then in Osaka.

 

2014

Exhibition of paintings and lithographs in seven major cities in Japan (Nagoya, Fukuoka, Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, Shizuoka, and Sapporo) in Daimaru- Matsuzakaya department stores.

 

 

2015

Solo exhibition at the Peter Pappot Gallery in Amsterdam.

 

2016

« Legacy of a Modern Master »  exhibition at the Findlay Gallery in New York.

 

2017

« Legacy of a Modern Master ». exhibition at the Findlay Gallery in Palm Beach.

Exhibition at the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show at the Guarisco Gallery (Washington) stand.

 

2018

Exhibition at the Brafa Art Fair in Brussels, at the Boon Gallery  (Knokke) stand.

Exhibition at the Tefaf fair in Maastricht, in the stands of the Daphne Alazraki Fine Art (New York) and Smith Davidson (Amsterdam) galleries.

Exhibition at the Kiaf fair in Seoul, at the Yeasung Gallery (Seoul) stand.

 

2019

Exhibition at the Brafa Art Fair in Brussels, at the Willow Gallery (London) stand.

Exhibition at Art Palm Beach, at the Guarisco Gallery  (Washington) stand.

 

2020

Exhibition at the Brafa Art Fair in Brussels, at the Willow Gallery (London) stand.

Exhibition at Art Palm Beach, at the Guarisco Gallery  (Washington) stand.

 

 

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