French Artist Specializes in Humorous Legal Paintings

humorous legal paintingsThanks to French artist, Cassou, for introducing herself to and sending along a sample of one of her paintings.

She said the world of justice inspired her to “create a judicial series of humorous paintings with tender irony” that she exhibits in courthouses throughout Europe, including, recently, in Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Breda, Middelburg, and Maastricht.  This year her work will be displayed at courthouses of The Hague and in Amsterdam.

The pictured painting is called “le juge, un singe?” (the judge, a monkey?).  She explains it this way: “The ape has the reputation of being a caricature of human being, a buffoon. The painting expresses the fear of a citizen that the judge be airy, unconcerned, carefree, thoughtless. But, after all, the ape symbolises wisdom and agility as well.”

the artist CassouShe adds that she is always looking for new hospitable courthouses and would be delighted to exhibit her work in America.  So if you’re a judge or otherwise work in a courthouse that might be interested in exhibiting her art, as we say in the South, give her a holler.

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