Claude Lalanne  (French, 1924) 

Claude Lalanne (French, b.1924), is a sculptor celebrated for her expressive and whimsical metal sculptures, furniture, and jewelry. Although a successful artist in her own right, Lalanne is also known for her collaborations with her husband Francois-Xavier Lalanne (French, 1927–2008). Born in Paris, she studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts and École des Arts Décoratifs. She met her husband at a gallery in 1952, and the couple have come to be collectively referred to as “Les Lalanne.” A series of commissions by Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936–2008) and Pierre Bergé, beginning in the mid-1960s, earned them widespread recognition. Several works designed by Claude for Yves Saint Laurent were featured as part of his estate sale at Christie’s in 2008, including a group of mirrors with bronze vegetal motifs, created between 1974 and 1985. While the era was a major exponent for Abstract, Conceptual, and Pop Art, Les Lalannes found inspiration in the traditional lines, forms, and textures present in nature. Claude was particularly drawn to plants and flowers; Francois-Xavier, to animals. The first exhibition of her work was held in 1964 at the Galerie Claude Bernard in Paris. Her pieces have since been incorporated into the collections of major institutions, such as the Cooper Hewitt, the National Design Museum in New York, and the Georges Pompidou Centre and Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris.

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Claude Lalanne, Trône de Pauline


Claude Lalanne
Trône de Pauline

Opera Gallery
Claude Lalanne, Table Lotus et Singe Carrée en Bronze


Claude Lalanne
Table Lotus et Singe Carrée en Bronze

Ben Brown Fine Arts
Claude Lalanne, Singe Douche


Claude Lalanne
Singe Douche

Ben Brown Fine Arts
Claude Lalanne, Lustre


Claude Lalanne

Ben Brown Fine Arts
Claude Lalanne, Les Grandes Berces


Claude Lalanne
Les Grandes Berces

Ben Brown Fine Arts
Claude Lalanne, Choupatte (Très Grand)


Claude Lalanne
Choupatte (Très Grand)

Ben Brown Fine Arts
Claude Lalanne, Olympe (petite)


Claude Lalanne
Olympe (petite)

Paul Kasmin Gallery
Claude Lalanne, Lapin Debout I


Claude Lalanne
Lapin Debout I

Paul Kasmin Gallery
Claude Lalanne, Crococonsole


Claude Lalanne

Paul Kasmin Gallery
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Claude Lalanne, Collier vigne vierge


Claude Lalanne
Collier vigne vierge
bronze w/red patina


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Claude Lalanne, Broche hortensia


Claude Lalanne
Broche hortensia, 1980


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Claude Lalanne, Bracelet modèle Groseilles


Claude Lalanne
Bracelet modèle Groseilles, 1980
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1924   Claude Lalanne was born in Paris, France

École des Beaux-Arts, Paris
École des Arts-Décoratifs, Paris

2013   Les Lalanne, JGM Galerie, Paris (solo)
2012   Les Lalanne, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2012   Les Lalanne, Outdoor Exhibition at the Sédières Castle by the JGM Galerie, Corrèze (solo)
2011   Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong (solo)
2011   Les Lalanne, JGM Galerie, Paris (solo)
2010   Les Lalanne at Fairchild, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, FL (solo)
2010   Les Lalanne, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris (solo)
2009   Les Lalanne on Park Avenue, Paul Kasmin Gallery and The New York City Parks Public Art Program, New York, NY (solo)
2009   Les Lalanne, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2009   Les Lalanne, JGM Galerie, Paris (solo)
2007   Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne: Sculpture, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London (solo)
2006   Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2006   Sculptures 1968 – 2005, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul (solo)
2006   Les Lalanne – Histoires Naturelles, Métairie Bruyère, Parly (solo)
2005   Sculptures 1968 – 2005, JGM Galerie, Paris (solo)
2003   Bestiaire Ordinaire, JGM Galerie, Paris (solo)
2002   Sculptures 2000 – 2002, JGM Galerie, Paris (solo)
2001   Sculptures Récentes : Les Lalanne, Galerie Guy Pieters, Knokke-le-Zoute (solo)
2000   Sculptures Nouvelles – Nouveaux Etats, JGM Galerie and Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris (solo)
2000   The Lalannes, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2000   F.X. and Cl. Lalanne - Les Sculpteurs dans la Rue, Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Agen, Agen (solo)
2000   Enrico Navarra Gallery (solo)
1999   Art Miami, Galerie JGM Miami (solo)
1998   Animaux, Monstres et Chimères, JGM Gallerie Paris (solo)
1998   Paikand Castle of Bagatelle Paris (solo)
1998   Polymorphoses, Flaine-Culture, Haute-Savoie (solo)
1997   Les Lalanne, Dorothy Blau Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, FL (solo)
1997   Mikimoto Ginza Gallery Tokyo (solo)
1997   Les Champs de la Sculpture, Champs Elysées Paris (solo)
1996   Les Lalanne, Bao Chen Group, Taiwan (solo)
1995   Les lalanne, L'horizon chimérique, JGM Galerie Paris (solo)
1994   Chenonceau Castle Chenonceau, France (solo)
1994   L'inventaire des Lalanne, Artcurial, Paris (solo)
1994   Les Lalanne, Galerie Guy Pieters, Knokke (solo)
1992   Les Lalanne, Les Portes du Jardin, JGM. Galerie, Paris (solo)
1992   Sculpture Les Trois Oies de F.X. Lalanne, Mairie de Sarlat, opening of Place du Marché aux Oies, Aquitaine (solo)
1992   Les Lalanne, Les portes du Jardin, JGM Galerie Paris (solo)
1991   Les Lalanne, Galerie Artcurial, Paris (solo)
1991   Les Lalanne, Château de Chenonceau, Loire Valley (solo)
1990   Les Lalanne, L'Hippodrome, Douai (solo)
1989   Les Lalanne, Marisa del Re at the Atrium of the Casino, Monte-Carlo (solo)
1989   Les Lalanne, Galerie Art-Projet, Nice (solo)
1989   Les Lalanne Sculptures, Galerie de Bellecour, Lyon (solo)
1989   Les Dinosaures de Cl. et F.X. Lalanne, Smarts Festival, opening of Promenade Santa-Monica, CA (solo)
1989   Les Lalanne, Galerie Artcurial, Munich (solo)
1989   Cari Schlosberg Gallery Los Angeles (solo)
1988   Marisa del Re Gallery New York (solo)
1988   Les Lalanne, Sculptures, Dessins, Bijoux, Galerie des Bastions, Geneva (solo)
1987   Les Lalanne, Objets Extraordinaires, Galerie Artcurial, Paris (solo)
1987   Oeuvres récentes, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris (solo)
1987   Effetto Arciboldo, Palazzo Grassi Venice (solo)
1986   Lalanne, Plaza of the Americas, Dallas, TX (solo)
1986   Les Lalanne, James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1986   Les Lalanne, Ronald Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, MO (solo)
1985   Claude et François-Xavier Lalanne, Galerie des Ponchettes, Nice (solo)
1985   Claude et François-Xavier Lalanne, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris (solo)
1985   Hokin Gallery, Miami, FL (solo)
1984   Claude Lalanne, Bijoux en Or, Galerie Artcurial, Paris (solo)
1984   Les Lalanne, Christian Fayt Gallery, Knokke Le Zoute (solo)
1983   La Magie Blanche dans la Vie de Tous les Jours, Atelier 74, Annecy (solo)
1983   Les Lalanne, Musée de Nemours, Nemours (solo)
1983   Galerie Artcurial, New York, NY, Dallas, TX and Washington, DC (solo)
1983   Claude Lalanne, L'or de l'Art, Galerie Artcurial, Paris (solo)
1982   Dépôt Sentimental (opening of Salle Lalanne), Agen (solo)
1982   Les Lalanne, Galerie Art Contemporain, Limoges (solo)
1980   Polymorphoses, Deutsch Französisches Kulturzentrum, Essen (solo)
1980   Les Monumentaux de Lalanne, Galerie Municipale de Saint-Martin d'Hères, Isère (solo)
1980   Les Lalanne, Château de Sédières, Corrèze (solo)
1980   Le Rhinocéros dans Tous ses États, Galerie La Hune, Paris (solo)
1980   Les Monumentaux de Lalanne, Chapelle de la Villedieu, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (solo)
1979   Iolas and Brooks Jackson Gallery New York (solo)
1976   White Chapel Art GAllery Londres (solo)
1972   Etude et Epuses, Galerie Gouzeuauet Paris (solo)
1972   Collection Yves Saint-Laurent, Paris (solo)
1968   Galerie Alexandre Iolas Paris (solo)
1966   Hanover Gallery London (solo)
1966   Galerie Alexandre Iolas Paris (solo)
1964   Galerie Claude Bernard Paris (solo)
1964   Zoophites, Galerie J. Paris (solo)
  Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, NY
  Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island, NY
  FRAC – Picardie, Amiens
  City of Jerusalem, Jerusalem
  Musée d’Art Moderne at d’Art Contemporain-Nice, Nice
  Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
  Musée d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris
  Musée Nationale d’Art Moderne/Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
  City of Paris, Paris
  City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA