Jean-Pierre Cassignuel is a French painter known for his serene portraits of women in hats that recall the French post-impressionist avant-garde, including the works of Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard. He was born onj the 13th of July 1935 in Paris, France and studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts before holding his first solo exhibiton there at the age of 17. A year later, he was appointed a member of the Salon d'Automne. From 1956 to 1960 he studied under the french painter Roger Chapelain-Midy. Then, from 1965 onwards he exhibited at the Gallery Bellechasse in Paris. Since then he has exhibited across Europe, Japan and the United States whilst also illustrating several books among them Le Tour de Malheur by Joseph Kessel.