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François-Xavier Lalanne

Le Brochet

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In François-Xavier Lalanne’s art, comfort and practicality take over the logic of the animal world. Surrealism was a source of inspiration Lalanne shared with his wife, Claude, and it penetrates the lines and the creatures’ Interiors to bring out their most astonishing feature. The Le Brochet sculpture is a classic example of fun the artist had with the wildlife.

The piece of art is transformed into a useful object, reviving the ambitionMade in 1973, the sculpture is composed of three metal compartments, with iridescent colours, disposed inside the flank of the fish, reminiscent of the scales of the fish. Wavering between reality and fantasy, the Lalannes incorporated the multifaceted tradition of sculpture through which the ordinary is broadened to the domain of the dream. s of Art Nouveau to overthrow the conventional polarities of art.

While the artistic production of François-Xavier seems more architectural and classical than that of Claude, it is, in fact, a reflection on her influence. His stint as a museum assistant in the Louvre’s Oriental Antiques section at the end of 1948 also influenced the sculptor. Here, the streamline of the pike, its hieratic aspect, and especially the lateral perspective are a good instance of how Egyptian art inspired him.

The fish shape is a recurrent theme in Lalanne’s works, along with Le Brochet the theme also appears in sculptures such as La Grande Carpe (1972) as a bench, Poisson-bibliothèque (1986), Poisson-paysage (1987), La Carpe d’or (1987) and Le Poisson (1994). And, in the same year as our presented artwork, Lalanne realised its negative version in silver metal with dark wood drawers.

François-Xavier Lalanne


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    copper and black patina steel with wooden interior frame, Metal

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    14.0 x 21.0 x 101.0 cm (5.5 x 8.3 x 39.8 in)

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