Artistic Inspiration: Jean-Pierre Cassigneul (French, 1935-)

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Jean-Pierre Cassigneul has been painting his extraordinary work since the 1950’s. His first show was in 1952 in Paris, when he was just 17 years old. He is known for creating works of women in floral hats that often reflect the fashion or the trends of the time….Cassignuel paintings embrace the flat, bright colors forming his compositions. The frequent use of a dark outline to define the shape of a sailboat or a woman’s silhouette are reminiscent of woodblock imagery. His subjects are also of everyday scenes as if you have just walked into a moment in time [‘A Closer Look at Jean-Pierre Cassigneul,’ Ackerman’s Fine Art Blog].

Though still living, Cassigneul’s aesthetic reflects that of his predecessors: he was greatly influenced by the early 20th century Post-Impressionist group Les Nabis– Pierre Bonnard, Edourard Vuillard, Maurice Denis, et al- as well as by the work of Dutch Expressionist and Fauvist Kees Van Dongen.

 


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Artistic Inspiration: Rick Dillingham (1952-1994)

Rick Dillingham, (1952-1994)

1989

Raku; ht. 9, dia 10 in.

Dillingham was known as much for his contemporary ceramics as for his scholarship of the pottery traditions of the North American Indian and published classic texts such as Acoma and Laguna Pottery and Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery. This ‘shard’ vessel grew out of his restoration work at the Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe. His works are broken and decorated with glazes, gilded, or painted before reassembling. His work can be found in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Mint Museum of Craft and Design, and Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Source: Cowan’s Auctions

Maira Kalman, “Letter to Ludwig Bemelmans,” Madeline at 75, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (Amherst, MA).

Link: http://www.mairakalman.com/serendipity/letter-to-ludwig-bemelmans/

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Pictures taken on Court Street between Schermerhorn & State Streets in Downtown Brooklyn / Brooklyn Heights (right at the border)….and, not surprisingly, it was the homage to Basquiat* that initially captured my eye.

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*Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), Untitled (Aopkhes), 1982. Acrylic, oilstick and paper collage on canvas mounted on wood supports,
72 1/2 x 35 7/8in. (184 x 91cm.)

An oldie but goodie.

Max Ernst, Coquillage (def., ornamental shell motif), 1961. Oil on canvas in a wooden fram, 11.5 x 15.5 cm. Dudmaston, Shropshire, Midland, National Trust, Paris, Inventory No. 814227. © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2014, photo credit: National Trust Images/Jonathan Gibson.

A colourful portrayal of a shell/rock. This is an untypical work by one of the best known Surrealist artists, although he produced similar subjects as early as 1928. This is a very beautiful depiction of what seems to be a flower, but Ernst’s title connects it with a shell formation, a living organism which has become fossilised. There is a strange ambiguity here where the attractive colours and shapes of the flower could act as a seductive danger to unsuspecting insects. However, these possible connections do not detract from our enjoyment of this small, figurative work produced in delicate colours. Max Ernst fought in the German army during World War One, returning to his art at the end of the conflict when he went on to became one of the pioneers of the Dadaist and Surrealist movements.

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Pasiphaé: Chant de Minos (Les Crétois) by H. de Montherlant 

Henri Matisse, 1944

“Expression, for me, does not reside in passions glowing in a human face or manifested by violent movement. The entire arrangement of my picture is expressive; the place occupied by the figures, the empty spaces around them, the proportions, everything has its share.”
-Henri Matisse

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One of our favorite artists in costume – Louise Bourgeois. 

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Pictures taken on Court Street between Schermerhorn & State Streets in Downtown Brooklyn / Brooklyn Heights (right at the border)….and, not surprisingly, it was the homage to Basquiat* that initially captured my eye.

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*Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), Untitled (Aopkhes), 1982. Acrylic, oilstick and paper collage on canvas mounted on wood supports,
72 1/2 x 35 7/8in. (184 x 91cm.)