Jean-Pierre Cassigneul is a French painter known for his serene portraits of women in hats of which this painting is a perfect example. This painting recalls the French Post-Impressionist avant-garde, like the works of Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard. He was born on July 13, 1935, in Paris, France and studied at the École des Beaux Arts before holding his first solo exhibition 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, and from 1965 onwards he exhibited at the Gallery Bellechasse in Paris. Since then he has exhibited across Europe, Japan, and the United States, and has also illustrated several books, among them Le Tour de Malheur by Joseph Kessel.