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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


Known individually and collectively since the 1960s, Les Lalanne developed a style that defines inventive, poetic and surrealist sculpture. Having rediscovered the Renaissance art of casting forms from life, then employing contemporary electro-plating techniques, Claude Lalanne achieved a delicacy and sensitivity in her work unparalleled in cast bronze. François-Xavier Lalanne similarly found inspiration for his works in nature. In his words, "The animal world constitutes the richest and most varied forms on the planet." His subjects consist of a menagerie of animals, stylized forms oftentimes married with functionality. His works achieve streamlined elegance in their profound simplicity. Most recently, Les Lalanne were the subject of a major retrospective at Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris and a large-scale public exhibition at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida. Their work was also featured on New York’s Park Avenue and Getty Station, and in the sale of the collection of Yves Saint Laurent. Their work is included in major collections including the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York, the Museé Nationale d’Art Moderne/Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museé d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, the City of Paris, the City of Santa Monica, and the City of Jerusalem.

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    Metal, Steel, Wood

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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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