Hardcover monograph on the work of Les Lalanne (Claude Lalanne & Francois-Xavier Lalanne) on the occasion of a major exhibition of their work at Christian Fayt Gallery in Belgium 11.8-16.9, 1984.
Introduction by Daniel Abadie (in French) and reproductions in colour of many of their most notable, incredible sculptural objects.
Les Lalanne are a French artist duo comprising married couple François-Xavier Lalanne (1927–2008) and Claude Lalanne (born 1924).
Francois-Xavier Lalanne was born in Agen, France, and at age 18, he moved to Paris and studied sculpture, drawing and painting at Académie Julian. Francois-Xavier rented a studio in Montparnasse, next door to friend Constantin Brâncuși, who introduced Lalanne to artists such as Max Ernst, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, and Jean Tinguely. He met Claude Lalanne at his first gallery show in 1952. The show signified an end of painting for François-Xavier as he and Claude began their career sculpting together.
Claude Lalanne (b. 1924) was born in Paris and studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts and at the École des Arts Décoratifs. The couple began attracting public attention in Paris during the 1960s when Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé commissioned them – in particular, Francois-Xavier’s realistic bronze cast sheep covered in skin alongside lily vanes cast by Claude were displayed in the library for their library. Francois-Xavier Lalanne became known to the larger public in France in 1976 when the singer Serge Gainsbourg selected a work by Lalanne, the man with the head of a cabbage, for the title and cover of an album in 1976. Together Les Lalanne were known to co-create on projects rather than collaborate. While Francois-Xavier favored sculpting animal themes, Claude preferred vegetation. The themes explored by the two collectively went against the current trend of Abstract art in the 1960s. The couple believed and Francois-Xavier claimed, “the supreme art is the art of living.” Their first exhibition together included Francois-Xavier’s famous rhinoceros desk, Rhinocrétaire, and Claude’s cabbage with chicken legs sculpture. Similar themes by Les Lalanne have classified their works as an ode to Surrealism and Art Nouveau.
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- Les Lalanne (1984)
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