Petit Bouquetin des Alpes

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

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
2016
Impasse Ronsin, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
2016
Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong
2015
Lalanne, Galerie Mitterrand, Paris