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François-Xavier Lalanne
France, 1975

“L’oiseau bleu”. Lithograph printed in colours. Signed, dated and numbered in pencil. From an edition of 40.

François-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008) moved to Paris after the war to study sculpture, drawing and painting at the Académie Julian. In 1964, Mr. Lalanne became known for his own kind of surrealism when he unveiled “Rhinocrétaire,” a life-size Annam rhinoceros, whose side folded out into a writing desk.

From this exhibition in 1964 Francois-Xavier Lalanne also worked closely with his wife, Claude Lalanne, producing curious objects that blur the distinction between fine and decorative art. The Lalannes rejected the abstract styles popular during the mid-20th century, choosing to represent the flora and fauna of the natural world instead. For 40 years, they worked in tandem, producing some works together, others independently but always with great inspiration from nature where the Lalannes found an endless inventory of images and ideas.

H 67.5 x W 50 cm

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