François-Xavier Lalanne  (French, 1927-2008) 

François-Xavier Lalanne (French, 1927–2008) was an engraver and sculptor known for his outdoor works, referencing animals and the natural world. Of Jesuit upbringing, Lalanne studied drawing, sculpture, and painting at the Académie Julian in Paris, where he became greatly influenced by artists Constantin Brancusi (Romanian, 1876–1957), René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967), and Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904–1989). The artist took a studio in Montparnasse—next to Brancusi’s—and became acquainted with artists Max Ernst (German, 1891–1976), Jean Tinguely (Swiss, 1925–1991), Man Ray (American, 1890–1976), and Marcel Duchamp (French, 1887–1968).

The young artist worked as an attendant at the Louvre, in the ancient Egyptian and Assyrian art departments, spending many hours studying ancient animal sculptures in the galleries. Lalanne also worked as a draftsman for the French-Hungarian architect André Sive (1899–1958). . When Lalanne met his future wife, Claude Dupeux (French, b.1924), at his first solo exhibition, they began a life-long collaboration. Together and individually, they created many Surrealist sculptures, often in the shape of animals. Lalanne’s public sculptures are exhibited at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, and at the Hôtel de Ville and Les Halles in Paris. His work has been exhibited at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais in Paris, the Museum Boymans in Rotterdam, and The Art Institute of Chicago, among other institutions. His work is in the public collections of the Fisher Landau Center for Art in New York, the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain in Nice, and at the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain de Picardie in Amiens, France.

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François-Xavier Lalanne, Mouton


François-Xavier Lalanne
Opera Gallery
François-Xavier Lalanne, Rhinocrétaire II (Grand)


François-Xavier Lalanne
Rhinocrétaire II (Grand)

Ben Brown Fine Arts
François-Xavier Lalanne, Mule d’Hydra


François-Xavier Lalanne
Mule d’Hydra

Ben Brown Fine Arts
François-Xavier Lalanne, Moutons de Laine (group of 3)


François-Xavier Lalanne
Moutons de Laine (group of 3)

Ben Brown Fine Arts
François-Xavier Lalanne, Le Très Grand Ours


François-Xavier Lalanne
Le Très Grand Ours

Ben Brown Fine Arts
François-Xavier Lalanne, Gorille de Sûreté II


François-Xavier Lalanne
Gorille de Sûreté II

Ben Brown Fine Arts
François-Xavier Lalanne, Nénuphar


François-Xavier Lalanne

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François-Xavier Lalanne, Singe Allume


François-Xavier Lalanne
Singe Allume

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François-Xavier Lalanne, Caprin


François-Xavier Lalanne

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François-Xavier Lalanne, Bird Coffee Table


François-Xavier Lalanne
Bird Coffee Table, 1974
white marble, painted wrought iron


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François-Xavier Lalanne, Bird Chairs (Small Model) (pair)


François-Xavier Lalanne
Bird Chairs (Small Model) (pair), 1980
marble, painted wrought iron


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François-Xavier Lalanne, Bird Armchairs (Large Model) (pair)


François-Xavier Lalanne
Bird Armchairs (Large Model) (pair), 1980
marble, painted wrought iron


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1927   Born: Agen, Gascogne
1945   Studied drawing, sculpture, and painting at the Académie Julian, Paris, France
1952   First solo painting exhibition, Paris, France
1956   Decided to work with Claude Dupeux
1967   Married Claude Dupeux
2008   Died
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)
2008   Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, France (solo)
2006   Lalanne Park Gallery, Séoul, Korea (solo)
Histoires Naturelles, Métairie Bruyère, Parly, France (solo)
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2005   Sculptures 1968-2005, JGM Galerie, Paris, France (solo)
Bestiaire Légendaire, JGM Galerie, Paris, France (solo)
L´Art de Vivre, Paris, France (solo)
Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2003   Bestaire Ordinaire, JGM Galerie, Paris, France (solo)
2002   Sculptures 2000 – 2002, JGM Galerie, Paris, France (solo)
Autour de la fontaine, JGM Galerie, Paris, France (solo)
2001   Sculptures Récentes, Galerie Guy Pieters, Belgium (solo)
2000   Sculptures Nouvelles – Nouveaux Etats, JGM Galerie and Galerie Enrico Navarra (solo)
Gerald Pieters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (solo)
Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Agen, France (solo)
1998   Animaux, Monstres et Chimères, JGM Galerie, Paris, France (solo)
Paikand Castle of Bagatelle Paris (solo)
Direction des Parcs et Jardins de la Ville de Paris et Association du Parc et du Château de Bagatelle (solo)
Dorothy Blau Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands (Florida) , The enchanter garden
1997   Les Champs de la Sculpture, Champs Elysées, Paris, France
Mikimoto Ginza Gallery Tokyo
Chenonceau Castle Chenonceau, France
Les hippopotames, Mikimoto, Ginza, Tokyo (solo)
Dorothy Blau Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida (solo)
1996   Bao Chen Group, Taiwan, China (solo)
1995   JGM Galerie, Paris, France (solo)
1994   Galerie Guy Pieters, Knokke, Belgium (solo)
Artcurial, Paris, France (solo)
1992   Mairie de Sarlat, opening of Place du Marché aux Oies, France (solo)
Les Lalanne, Les portes du jardin, JGM Galerie Paris (solo)
1991   Galerie Artcurial, Paris, France (solo)
Château de Chenonceau, France (solo)
1990   L'Hippodrome, Douai (solo)
1989   Galerie Artcurial, Munich, Switzerland (solo)
Marisa del Re at the Atrium of the Casino, Monte-Carlo, Monaco (solo)
Galerie Art-Projet, Nice, France (solo)
Sculptures, Galerie de Bellecour, Lyon, France (solo)
Smarts Festival, opening of Promenade Santa-Monica, California (solo)
1988   Sculptures, dessins, bijoux, Galerie des Bastions, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
Marisa del Re Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1987   Oeuvres récentes, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France (solo)
Objéts extraordinaires, Galerie Artcurial, Paris, France (solo)
Effeto Arcimboldo, Palazzo Grassi Venice
1986   Ronald Greenberg Gallery, Saint-Louis, Missouri, (solo)
Plaza of the Americas, Dallas, Texas (solo)
James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, California (solo)
1985   Hokin Gallery, Miami, Florida(solo)
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France (solo)
Galerie des Ponchettes, Nice, France(solo)
1984   Bijoux en or, Galerie Artcurial, Paris, France (solo)
Christian Fayt Gallery, Knokke Le Zoute, Belgium (solo)
1983   Galerie Artcurial, Bloomingdale's, New York, Dallas and Washington (solo)
L'or de L'Art, Galerie Artcurial, Paris, France (solo)
Musée de Nemours, France (solo)
La magie blanche dans la vie de tous les jours, Atelier 74, Annecy, France (solo)
1982   Agen, Dépôt Sentimental (opening of Salle Lalanne) (solo)
Galerie Art Contemporain, Limoges, France (solo)
1980   Polymorphoses, Deutsch Französisches Kulturzentrum, Essen, RDA (solo)
Château de Sédières, Corrèze (solo)
Les Monumentaux de Lalanne, Galerie Municipale de Saint-Martin d'Hères, Isère (solo)
Le rhinocéros dans tous ses états, Galerie La Hune, Paris, France (solo)
Les Monumentaux de Lalanne, Chapelle de la Villedieu Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France (solo)
1979   Iolas and Brooks Jackson Gallery New York
Dîner Salvator Dali, Musée d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France (solo)
1978   FIAC Grand Palais (Galerie La Hune), France (solo)
Polymorphoses, Galerie La Hune, Paris, France (solo)
Les sept paillons d'or, Galerie Artcurial, Paris, France (solo)
1977   Centre d'Art, Saint-Martin d'Hères, Isère, France (solo)
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas (solo)
La Jolla, California (solo)
1976   Sara Gilat Art Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel (solo)
Galerie Lithous Technis, Athens, Greece (solo)
Domesticated Beasts and Other Creatures, White Chapel Art Gallery, London, England (solo)
Musée de l'Abbaye de Sainte-Croix, Les Sables d'Olonne, France (solo)
Musée des Beaux Arts, Agen, France (solo)
1975   CNAC, Paris, France (solo)
Museum Boymans, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1974   Galerie Sven, Paris, France (solo)
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
Galerie Alexandre Iolas, Paris., France (solo)
1973   Maison de la Culture, Amiens, France (solo)
1972   Galerie Alexandre Iolas, Paris, France (solo)
Maison de la Culture, Amiens, France (solo)
1971   Galerie Paul Facchetti, Zurich, Switzerland
Galerie Zoumboulakis, Athens, Greece (solo)
1970   Diner cannibale, Eat Art Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
Galerie Alexandre Iolas, Genève, Switzerland (solo)
Galleria Iolas, Milan, Italy (solo)
Galerie Alexandre Iolas, Paris, France (solo)
1967   Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
The Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois (solo)
1966   Galerie Alexandre Iolas, Paris, France (solo)
1964   Zoophites, Galerie J., Paris, France (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
   "LALANNE" by Claude & Francois-Xavier Lalanne
   “Claude & Francois-Xavier Lalanne” by Pierre Berge (Hardcover - March 1, 2007)