Claude Lalanne

Born 1924
Hometown Paris, France
Lives and Works Ury, France

Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, NY

De Witt Wallace Decorative Arts Gallery, Williamsburg, VA

Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, FR

Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, La Défense, Paris, FR

Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, Amiens, FR

Hakone Open Air Museum, Ashigarashimo District, JP

Marie Laurencin Museum, Chigao, JP

Mobiler National et Manufacture de la Savonnerie d’Aubusson et de Beauvais, FR Musée d’Art Moderne, Dunkerque, FR

Musée de l’Abbaye Sainte-Croix, Les Sables d’Olonne, FR

Musée de la Manufacture Nationale des Porcelaines de Sèvres, Sèvres, FR Musée de la Transhumance, Barcelonnette, FR

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Agen, FR

Musée National d’Art Moderne/Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR Musée Reflex, Anvers, BE

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL Museum d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, FR

The City of Angoulême, Angoulême, FR

The City of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, IL

The City of Paris, Paris, FR

The City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA The City of Sarlat, Sarlat, Sarlat, FR

The City of Yokohama, Kanagawa, JP Weissman Foundation, California, CA Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, UK

Paul Kasmin Gallery

Artist Claude Lalanne is primarily known for the work she did collectively with her husband François-Xavier Lalanne under their signature ‘Les Lalannes.’ The duo worked together from 1956 until François’ death in 2008. Known for their whimsical and surreal sculptures, François favored oversized animals as his go-to subjects, while Claude preferred intricate plant life. 


In addition to larger than life sculpture, Les Lelannes also made jewelry, mastering electroplating, a process that allowed the couple to turn organic material into copper by running a current through a bath of copper sulphate containing the organic material. Throughout their career Les Lalannes oscillated between creating large public works and small intricate pieces, yet their works always retained an element of whimsy.


Les Lalannes have been commissioned by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, as well as by the New York City Parks Department, and the French Ministry of Culture to produce public artworks. Most recently, Les Lalanne were the subject of a retrospective at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and a public exhibition at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida. Their work has been exhibited extensively, including the Art Museum of South Texas, the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Netherlands, and the Musëe d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris.

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