Claude and François-Xavier met in 1952 and started working together in 1956. Since their first exhibition entitled "Zoophites" in 1964, this inseparable couple of surrealist artists have always exhibited and worked together, and consequently have often been regarded as a single entity, although they rarely collaborated on a piece of work.Their unconventional sculptures have individual styles but share a common inspiration in animals and nature, and an ironic vocation to become whimsical but functional objects that can be touched, sat upon, worn and sometimes even eaten.
|Cocodoll, François-Xavier Lalanne, 1964|
Claude’s works, often designed to be used as jewellery, furniture and tableware, tend to be more delicate, intricate and baroque. Her late husband (François-Xavier passed away in 2008 at 81) crafted more weighty, monumental and stylized forms, often remindful of ancient Egyptian sculptures.
|Oiseau à bascule, François-Xavier Lalanne, 1974|
|Rhinocrétaire II, François-Xavier Lalanne, 1966|
|La mouche, François-Xavier Lalanne, 1966|