Legacy of a Modern Master: Kees van Dongen and Jean-Pierre Cassigneul

Legacy of a Modern Master: Kees van Dongen and Jean-Pierre Cassigneul (PRNewsFoto/Findlay Galleries)

This fall, Findlay Galleries in New York will exhibit Legacy of a Modern Master: van Dongen and Cassigneul. The show will examine Cassigneul’s relationship to van Dongen as well as their shared inspirations. The exhibit will also revisit these artists’ long relationships with Findlay Galleries.

Findlay Galleries uniquely possess the knowledge and depth to curate this exhibition. Findlay Galleries’ first exhibition of Fauves, including van Dongen, was in 1937 in Findlay’s Chicago gallery. Since then, the gallery has had many important exhibitions that included van Dongen.

Exclusive Representation

Findlay Galleries began exclusive representation of Cassigneul in the United States in 1968. Over the ensuing 15 years, the gallery would host a total of 9 separate solo exhibitions in New York, Palm Beach, Paris, Beverly Hills and Chicago. In 1977, the gallery was credited by French art critics with elevating Cassigneul’s stature in his native France.

By drawing on important oil paintings (including some from Cassigneul’s private collection), drawings, sketches, multiples, and artist-illustrated books, Legacy of a Modern Master will explore the relationship between Cassigneul’s work and that of van Dongen as well as an elusive decadent lifestyle that has served as inspiration for both of these artists.

Legacy of a Modern Master will be on view at Findlay Galleries, 724 Fifth Avenue in New York, from October 6 to November 10, 2016.

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul (b. 1935)
Painter, lithographer, engraver and illustrator, Jean-Pierre Cassigneul was born in Paris on July 13, 1935. Known for his portraits, figures, nudes, florals and tapestry designs, Cassigneul’s first private exhibition was held at the Galerie Lucy Krogh, in Paris, in 1952. In 1954, he entered the Academie Charpentier, leaving after one year to study under Professor Jean Souverbie at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Cassigneul apprenticed in Chapelain-Midy’s studio before exhibiting on his own in 1958 in the Galerie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1959, Cassigneul was appointed as a member of the Salon d’Automne. Cassigneul and Wally Findlay met for the first time in 1968, and Findlay began to represent the artist in the United States shortly after. Cassigneul has exhibited frequently with Findlay Galleries in their many locations worldwide. Since that time, Cassigneul continued to exhibit in numerous galleries, salons, and art fairs internationally.

Kees van Dongen (1877 – 1968)
Kees van Dongen was born January 26, 1877, in the Netherlands. He was one of the leading Fauvists, renowned for his stylized, sensuous portraits of women. First painting in an impressionist manner, van Dongen’s colors became more vivid and concentrated in the early 1900’s. He participated in the famous Salon d’Automne of 1905, and his works are in important museums worldwide. Van Dongen died in 1968.

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