François-Xavier Lalanne, ‘"Mouton de Pierre"’, circa 1979, Sotheby's: Important Design
François-Xavier Lalanne, ‘"Mouton de Pierre"’, circa 1979, Sotheby's: Important Design

Signature: signed FXL/LALANNE and impressed 198/250

Daniel Abadie, Lalanne(s), Paris, 2008, pp. 186-187

Marisa Del Re Gallery, New York
Aspen Modern and Contemporary Art Auction, March 11, 1993
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About François-Xavier Lalanne

Acclaimed for his surreal animal sculptures, Francois-Xavier Lalanne worked closely with his wife, Claude Lalanne, producing curious objects that blur the distinction between fine and decorative art. The Lalannes rejected the abstract styles popular during the mid 20th century, choosing instead to represent the flora and fauna of the natural world. While Claude preferred plant life, Francois-Xavier favored animals, creating works that, like Carpe (petite) (1987), add an artful element to daily domestic experience. Lalanne also created large-scale outdoor and public sculptures in which animals such as bulls, sheep, and gorillas are modeled in larger-than-life proportions, cast in bronze, and installed in locations ranging from rural backyards to bustling city streets. Whether indoors or outside, Lalanne’s works echo his belief that “the supreme art is the art of living.”

French, 1927-2008, Agen, France