(Above image:) La femme au Bouquet” aka “Woman with Flowers” by Jean-Pierre Cassingneul, reminds me of the words from a 1960s song “(I Love) The Flower Girl” by the band The Cowsills,
Jean-Pierre Cassigneul is a French painter known for his serene portraits of women mostly in hats that recall the French Post-Impressionist avant-garde, which reflect the works of Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard, as well as influences and frequent allusions to other aspects of the Années Folles.
Cassigneul was born on July 13, 1935, in Paris, France and studied at the École des Beaux Arts before holding his first solo exhibition at the tender age of 17. A year later, he was appointed a member of the Salon d’Automne.
- From 1956-1960 he studied under various French artists prior to exhibiting at the Gallerie Bellechasse in Paris.
- Since then he has exhibited throughout Europe, Japan, and the USA and has also illustrated several books, among them including: Le Tour de Malheur by Joseph Kessel.
- As for “Woman with Flowers” by Cassingneul it reminds me of the words from the 1960s song by the”The Cowsills which well describes the above image:
“Flowers in her hair, flowers everywhere.
I love the flower girl
Oh, I don’t know just why, she simply caught my eye,
I love the flower girl, She seemed so sweet and kind.
She crept into my mind”.