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.

Timeline

1924
Claude Lalanne was born in Paris, France

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

Exhibitions

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)

Public Collections

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